The Indiana Pacers tried their best, but fell short in completely giving away their 27-point third quarter lead, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves late, coming up with just enough plays after Minnesota drew all the way to within a single point with just over a minute to play. But a big drive by Monta Ellis followed by a block helped guide the Pacers towards the victory, their third straight.
Indiana was led by Paul George, who scored 29, nearing another double double with nine rebounds. Ellis had a tremendous game of his own, scoring 24 point son 11-17 shooting with five assists. Ian Mahinmi had a double figure game with 12 points and nine assists and Glenn Robinson III reached double figures off the bench with 11, hitting a key three in the fourth to halt one of what felt like many runs by the Wolves late.
For Minnesota, bot Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points, but it was just shy of enough to win the game despite Minnesota as a team shooting 50%. The Pacers had a decided advantage in fast break points, outscoring the Wolves 24-11, while Indiana also outscored Minnesota 17-10 in points off turnovers.