THE Indiana Pacers rode a strong surge midway through the fourth quarter and overcame a late Minnesota Timberwolves run to escape with a 109-103 win at the Target Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
The Pacers led for most of the game but the Timberwolves kept the game close and trailed 82-81 with more than seven minutes remaining. Indiana threatened to pull away with a 13-3 run, but Minnesota countered with a 13-7 rally late to stay within five, 102-97, with a little over a minute left to play.
CJ Miles gave the Pacers some breathing room with a triple but an Andrew Wiggins layup got the Timberwolves as close as three, 106-103, with 15 ticks left. A controversial play ensued with the Timberwolves looking to foul Jeff Teague, forcing him on the sidelines and seen on replays stepping out of bounds, but Minnesota didn’t get a favorable call which led to an open layup for Myles Turner to seal the win.
Paul George led Indiana with 32 points, while Turner added 23 markers. Teague flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 20 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds to help the Pacers end a three-game slide to improve to 23-22.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 10 rebounds to lead Minnesota (17-29). LaVine and Wiggins scored 23 and 21 markers, respectively.