Lackluster first half dooms Timberwolves in 141-137 loss to Pacers

Lackluster first half dooms Timberwolves in 141-137 loss to Pacers

2021-04-08 04:02:58
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INDIANAPOLIS – Aaron Holiday scored 22 points, brother Justin Holiday had 21 and the short-handed Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-137 on Wednesday evening.

The Pacers were without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis and three other injured starters and had lost nine of their ten home games.

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"It was a tribute to how we played together and played fast," said Justin Holiday. "Hopefully we can keep doing this when we get everyone back."

Karl-Anthony Towns led NBA worst Minnesota with 32 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. Anthony Edwards had 27 points.

"We just didn't play hard enough at first," said Towns. "They played with urgency and despair from the start."

Aaron Holiday ended it with two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining.

Justin Holiday hit four three-pointers in the last quarter as the Timberwolves gathered to make it a one-ball game. T.J. McConnell made a major 3-pointer to lead 138-132 with 24.9 seconds to go. He finished with 19 points.

"Give credit to everyone who played tonight," said McConnell. "They came."

Aaron Holiday scored 14 points in the second quarter and the Pacers outperformed the Timberwolves 42-25 in the period for a 21-point halftime lead. The Pacers had a season-high 77 points during the break.

"Their second unit cut us apart," said Timberwolves coach Chris Finch. "We had no will to guard the ball."

The Pacers led the bench scoring 69-44.

Caris LeVert added 18 points for the Pacers. They shot 59% of the field.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: I haven't won any back-to-back games since the first two of the season.

Pacers: Recent injuries resulted in a starting line-up without a player starting the season as a starter.

NEXT ONE

Timberwolves: In Boston on Friday nights.

Pacers: In Orlando on Friday nights.


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