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Pacers final score: Timberwolves smack Pacers 104-91

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Paul George had 35, but it wasn't enough to keep the Pacers out of the loss column in a poor showcase against Minnesota.

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The Indiana Pacers were beaten soundly by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who never relinquished the lead and put away every Pacers push with big runs and fast break points. In the end, the Pacers never could take control of the game and it resulted in a game they never appeared to be in control of. Indiana slipped behind by 20 points in the second quarter, and even after cutting the lead to seven, allowed an 8-2 Timberwolves run to close the half.

When they trimmed the lead to five in the fourth quarter, Minnesota again responded with a 12-2 run to push the lead back to 15. Indiana shot just 40.2%, a night where Paul George was the only reliable option, scoring 35 points, with 11 rebounds. He did have seven turnovers, but considering the poor play around him, George's positives outweighed his negatives. George Hill had 13 and Lance Stephenson had 10 points and 10 rebounds before losing his cool late in the game. Kevin Love led all scorers with 42 points and 16 rebounds.