MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 26 (AP)
-- Kevin Garnett
had 26 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves scored the final 15 points to beat the Indiana Pacers 122-114 Friday night in the final exhibition game for both teams.
Rasho Nesterovic sends back Jeff Foster's layup attempt.
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The Timberwolves, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, rallied to tie the score at 114 on Sam Mitchell's tip-in with 2:24 remaining.
Reggie Miller scored 14 points and Jeff Foster added 11 during a 38-point third quarter for the Pacers. Each had seven points during a 20-2 run, which erased a six-point deficit and put Indiana ahead 90-78 with 4:21 left in the quarter.
Wally Szczerbiak scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota (6-1). The Timberwolves completed their second-best preseason ever, finishing with the best record in the Midwest Division.
Pacers forward Jalen Rose, who missed the past five games with an upper respiratory infection, scored 24 points for Indiana (3-5), which opens the regular season at New Jersey on Tuesday. Al Harrington added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, and Miller had 19.
The Timberwolves shot 59 percent in the first half and led 62-58 at halftime. Garnett had 16 points in the first half.
Minnesota forward Joe Smith left the game with 1:59 remaining in the first quarter after a hard fall while defending a Rose layup. Smith was diagnosed with a lower back bruise but is expected to be ready for Minnesota's opener Tuesday against Philadelphia.