Rick Adelman wanted to get a look at his second unit as well as the training camp invitees. As such, the starting lineup consisted of J.J. Barea (16 minutes), Brandon Roy (8 minutes), Derrick Williams (38 minutes), Kevin Love (12 minutes) and Nikola Pekovic (12 minutes).
Luke Ridnour (back), Malcolm Lee (groin) and Andrei Kirilenko (DNP-CD) didn't play. Training camp invitees Phil Jones & Seth Tarver also didn't play (CD).
For the Pacers, they got David West back (who didn't play on Wed. in Fargo), but were still without starting point guard George Hill and starting small forward Danny Granger, both missed Wednesday's game, too. Roy Hibbert also didn't play. Apparently he was healthy and would've been available to go, but they decided to give him the night off. Sounds like someone didn't want another beating from the MIGHTY PEK! :) Tyler Hansbrough, Luke Nevill, Blake Ahearn and Sundiata Gaines didn't play, either (all CD's).
I only caught the second half of the game (I was working during the first half). So, I didn't see any of the starters in that first quarter. After one quarter the Wolves were down by a point, when the subs came in, in the second quarter the TWolves went on a tear, outscoring the Pacers bench 25-13. Giving the Wolves a 53-42 lead at the half. The Timberwolves were still up after three quarters (70-63) and seemed on their way to continuing their undefeated preseason. However a late push led by Paul George, Gerald Green, Ian Mahinmi and Miles Plumlee was part of a 33-point fourth quarter for the Pacers that netted them their first win of the preseason.
Let's take a look at each team's top performers...
D. Williams: 25pts, 6reb, 2ast, 3stls, 1blk, 2tos, 3fls, 9-19 FG, 2-3 3PT, 5-5 FT in 38 min.
C. Budinger: 14pts, 3reb, 1stl, 2blks, 2tos, 5-9 FG, 2-5 3PT, 2-2 FT in 26 bench min.
D. Cunningham: 5pts, 8reb, 3ast, 2stls, 6blks, 4fls, 2-7 FG, 1-2 FT in 32 bench min.
P. George: 19pts, 6reb, 2ast, 2stls, 1blk, 3tos, 3fls, 8-18 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-3 FT in 28 min.
G. Green: 18pts, 6reb, 4ast, 2stls, 1to, 3fls, 8-14 FG, 2-6 3PT in 27 min.
I. Mahinmi: 17pts, 8reb, 3stls, 2blks, 2tos, 7-13 FG, 3-4 FT in 24 min.
Let's take a look at the team statistics...
Team TO's (PTS off)
PTS in the Paint
Fast Break PTS
That's all for now, the TWolves are back in action tomorrow night vs. the Chicago Bulls. That game will tip at 7pmCT from the Target Center. We should have a full gameday preview of that one, shortly. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!