A short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves team played brilliant defense and beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-82 last night in Texas. Minnesota was playing without Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea [[ buh-RAY-uh ]], Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger, and newly-injured Nikola Pekovic. Pekovic started last night’s game, but twisted his ankle in the second half, leaving the Wolves with eight players. And, Minnesota still won the game behind the Russian combo of Alexei Shved and Andrei Kirilenko, who each scored 16 points. Kirilenko had 11 rebounds. Minnesota hosts Charlotte tomorrow night.