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Recreation Rewind: Pacers 101, Timberwolves 115

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Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 PM ET at Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Recreation Rewind

Two of the most well liked groups within the NBA took to the hardwood at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thanksgiving eve, nevertheless it was the guests who left with the candy style of victory.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (10-8) spoiled a five-game Indiana Pacers (10-7) profitable streak with a 115-101 highway win on Wednesday.

Indiana led simply as soon as within the recreation – by a single level within the third quarter.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota’s massive males gave the Pacers bother all night, as three-time NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months Rudy Gobert completed with 21 factors and 16 rebounds and All-Star energy ahead Karl Anthony-Cities recorded 23 factors and 11 boards. Total, the Pacers had been outscored within the paint 74-38 and out-rebounded 50-30.

Pacers middle Myles Turner had a robust outing, scoring 31 factors whereas rookie Bennedict Mathurin scored 21 factors.

Early on, the Pacers fell behind massive.

After trailing by 17 factors within the first quarter, the Pacers narrowed the rating to 53-48 by intermission.

The Blue & Gold got here out chilly from the sphere, making simply eight of 26 photographs (4-for-9 3-point) within the opening body, however was capable of slim the deficit to 29-21 within the waning seconds of the primary quarter.

Off the tip, the Timberwolves went on an 8-0 run because the Pacers missed its first 5 photographs.

A 3-pointer by Buddy Hield took the lid off the rim after three scoreless minutes for the Pacers earlier than Aaron Nesmith hit a trey reduce it to 10-6.

Minnesota then responded with an 11-2 run, together with 9 unanswered factors, to steer 21-8 with 4:22 on the clock.

Within the last 1:43 of the primary quarter, the Pacers went on an 8-2 run, anchored by a four-point play by Mathruin.

Whereas Indiana struggled on offense, Minnesota got here out robust making 13 of 23 photographs within the first quarter.

“I feel we took ourselves out of our recreation,” Turner stated. “I feel we’ve to get off to higher begins. As we begin taking part in these groups out West and Brooklyn (on) Friday, these groups which can be in playoff competition, you possibly can’t get off to sluggish begins with them as a result of they’re going to bury you.”

The Pacers had a a lot completely different begin to the second quarter, opening with a 7-0 run on 5 factors from Mathruin to make it a one-possession recreation with 10 minutes left within the half.

Minnesota was capable of set up a long way till a 9-1 run – on three factors from Mathurin, level guard Tyrese Haliburton and Turner every – reduce it to 43-41 with 3:34 remaining.

A pair of baskets by the Timberwolves within the last 26.3 second made it 53-48 on the break.

Mathruin led all scorers with 16 factors and Turner had 10 factors for the Pacers, which shot 17-for-47 (8-for-19 3-point) within the opening half. Gobert topped the Timberwolves with 11 factors, because the guests shot 55 % within the first half.

Turner was unstoppable out of the break, scoring 15 of the group’s first 20 factors, together with a trio of 3-pointers and a posterizing dunk over Jaden McDaniels to chop the Pacers’ deficit to 72-70 with 4:28 within the third quarter.

Regardless of the scoring outburst by Turner, the Timberwolves used a pair of small scoring streaks to push its result in 87-77 on the finish of 24 minutes of play.

Within the third quarter it was a battle of the bigs, as Turner had 15 factors whereas Cities scored 13 within the body.

The closest the Pacers received to the lead within the last body was 9 factors.

A 3-pointer from Anthony Edwards and 4 straight from Gobert prolonged the Timberwolves’ halfway by the fourth quarter to 101-86 and the Pacers had been unable to make a comeback.

Haliburton completed with 10 factors and 14 assists for his eleventh double-double of the season, which continues to steer all NBA guards.

5 completely different gamers scored in double figures for the Timberwolves.

From the sphere, the Pacers had been 37-for-96 (16-for-44 3-point) to the Timberwolves’ 47-for-78 (13-for-17 3-point).

“That was tough,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle stated. “ It is fairly clear that we’re not sneaking up on anyone anymore. A group like Minnesota’s is a group with a variety of veterans they usually got here in with the concept that they wished to bodily have a variety of disposition and presence to start out the sport, they usually made it arduous on us defensively. And so we clearly did a variety of issues not very nicely.

“The rebounding was not good, our taking pictures was poor,” Carlisle continued. “They’d one thing to do with that. We fought by it, however they had been simply higher tonight.”

Stat of the Evening

Minnesota’s 74 factors within the paint are essentially the most the Pacers have given up in a single recreation this season. Beforehand, on Nov. 9, the Pacers gave up 60 factors within the paint to New Orleans.

Minnesota is averaging 5.6 blocks per recreation this season. The group totaled 10 blocks in opposition to the Pacers, led by 4 from McDaniels.

The Timberwolves beat the Pacers in each second-chance factors 19-4 and fast-break factors 22-14.

When 5 or extra gamers rating in double-digits for the Pacers, the group is now 7-4.

Turner’s 31 factors are the second most he has scored in a recreation this season. He put up 37 factors in opposition to New Orleans on Nov. 7.

Haliburton has achieved precisely 14 assists in three straight video games and has completed with double-digit assists 12 instances this season.

Mathurin, who continues to steer all rookies in scoring, has scored a minimum of 20 factors in eight video games.

Postgame Media Availability: Nov. 23, 2022

“We have to watch movie and see what we did improper and get again to (our) defensive rules. I feel we weren’t in our proper spots tonight. I do not know what occurred on the market, however that wasn’t us defensively.” – Hield on giving up 74 factors within the paint

“They only had bother watching me…. They had been searching for me all evening. I used to be persevering with to be aggressive and had an important consequence.” – Turner on his scoring

“We struggled, actually, at each ends. I would not say it was all one finish. I believed it was a mixture. It is one recreation and it felt like two or three losses, they had been simply coming at us in waves. But it surely’s one recreation and we have got to study from it. … The factor that has set our group aside from another groups is our connectedness, our sharing of the ball. And we simply did not transfer it nicely offensively tonight. And you already know, while you’re not related offensively, your protection struggles in the identical manner.” – Carlisle on the loss

On the finish of Wednesday evening’s video games, the Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers had the longest win streaks at 5 video games every.

Chris Duarte missed an eighth consecutive recreation as a result of damage. The Pacers had been additionally with out Andrew Nembhard and Isaiah Jackson.

The Pacers’ 5 straight wins was its longest profitable streak for the reason that 2019-2020 season. Throughout that season, the Pacers gained 5 consecutive video games thrice.

Broadcast Info (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports activities Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)


The Pacers shut out a four-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8:00 PM ET after they welcome Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets to Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Discover Tickets >>

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