NBA: Slumping Pacers dump Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- Forward David West hit a jumper with 34.3 seconds left, snapping a 94-94 tie and helping the Indiana Pacers win for just the second time in their past 12 games, 100-96 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS - Forward David West hit a jumper with 34.3 seconds left, snapping a 94-94 tie and helping the Indiana Pacers win for just the second time in their past 12 games, 100-96 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
C.J. Miles came off the bench to lead all scorers with 28 for Indiana (9-19), which was playing the second of back-to-back road games, after a loss in Denver on Saturday night. The Pacers forward hit four free throws in the final 11.7 seconds to seal the win.
Minnesota got 24 points from guard Mo Williams, and another 21 from guard Shabazz Muhammad, but could not overcome a cold start. The Wolves (5-21) trailed by 14 at halftime and by as many as 19 in the third before mounting a furious comeback, but still and lost their fifth consecutive game.
Indiana led 52-38 at the break thanks in large part to forward Luis Scola, who has averaged 9 points per game but had 10 in the second quarter alone. Williams came off the bench to lead all scorers with 13 first half points for Minnesota, but the Wolves could only get within two points of the Pacers. Indiana has been one of the worst-shooting teams in the NBA this season, but hit nearly 55 percent of its first half shots.
The Pacers finished 42 of 84 from the field, which was their best shooting percentage of the season. Center Roy Hibbert had 15 points for the Pacers, and West added 14.
Trailing 61-42, the Wolves made it interesting in the third, going on a 17-1 run, and pulling within three points. When West hit a spinning shot with 5:26 to play in the fourth, it gave Indiana an 87-81 lead, but the Wolves got the next six points, forging an 87-87 tie with 3:37 left when Williams hit a pull-up jumper. He hit a three less than a minute later for a 90-89 Wolves lead, but Miles answered with a 3-pointer at the 2:00 mark, and the Pacers would not trail again.
The Wolves started the game an ugly 1-for-14 from the field while Hibbert was putting up eight first quarter points, as the Pacers grabbed an early 17-7 lead. But the Wolves went on a 10-0 run in the final two minutes to knot the score at 17, before Miles hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, giving Indiana a 20-17 advantage after 12 minutes.
NOTES: Pacers assistant coach Popeye Jones just missed an in-person opportunity to see his son play a hockey game in Minnesota by a matter of hours Saturday. While the Pacers were losing 76-73 in Denver, then traveling to the Minneapolis, D Seth Jones and the Nashville Predators were in St. Paul getting a 6-5 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild. ... Meeting with the Twin Cities media for the first time before the game, newest Timberwolves G Troy Daniels said the three-team trade that brought him to Minnesota was unexpected. Daniels, who came to Minnesota from Houston in a Friday trade, said he was shocked, but looks forward to the opportunity to play more. The Wolves got Daniels and a pair of second-round draft picks from the Rockets in exchange for G/F Corey Brewer, while Philadelphia got F/C Ronny Turiaf from Minnesota, and sent G Alexey Shved to the 76ers.