Minnesota went on a good run in the fourth quarter: 18-0, that cut the Pacers lead to just 14 points, before a three from A.J. Price made it a 17-point lead with 4:30 to play. When A.J. Price, Kyrylo Fesenko & Jeff Pendergraph are playing in the fourth quarter, you know the game is over.
The Pacers won by 23 points, though they did hold a 37-point advantage at one point! This is Indiana’s 5th consecutive win and Minnesota’s 10th straight loss.
With Kevin Love (concussion) and Luke Ridnour (ankle) still out, Anthony Randolph started at power forward and J.J. Barea at the point. This was Love’s 3rd straight game out and Ridnour’s 7th. This was Randolph’s 1st start of the season, his 4th as a Timberwolf and the 34th of his NBA career.
Let’s get a look at some of tonight’s top performers…
J.J. Barea: 14pts, 1reb, 9ast, 1to, 2fls, 5-14 FG, 2-6 3PT, 2-5 FT in 31 min.
M. Beasley: 13pts, 5reb, 5tos, 3fls, 6-11 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT in 24 bench min.
Malcolm Lee: 9pts, 2reb, 1ast, 1stl, 1fl, 4-6 FG, 1-2 FT in 18 bench min.
David West: 22pts, 10reb, 4ast, 2fls, 9-14 FG, 4-4 FT in 23 min.
D. Granger: 19pts, 7reb, 5ast, 1fl, 6-14 FG, 5-7 3PT, 2-2 FT in 26 min.
Paul George: 18pts, 5reb, 3ast, 1stl, 1to, 1fl, 5-9 FG, 2-2 3PT, 6-6 FT in 25 min.
NOT: The MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES! Is there any question here? They played a bit better in the second half, but by then it was too late. All five starters posted a negative +/- Barea: -28, Pekovic: -27, Randolph: -27, Webster: -24, Johnson: -12 and Beasley: -12. Just a rough night for the VERY shorthanded TWolves.
MISC.: J.J. nearly had a double-double (14pts & 9ast) it would have been his 4th consecutive double-double…..Brad Miller played a season-high in minutes (25) and set new season-highs in defensive rebounds (3) and rebounds (3) as well as tying season-highs in blocks (1) and steals (1)……
Fast Break PTS
PTS in the Paint
Team TO’s (PTS off)
UP NEXT: Tuesday, April 17th vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, at the Target Center, tipoff 7pmCT.
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