INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 16 (Ticker) -- Terrell Brandon
scored five of his 22 points in the second overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Indiana Pacers, 120-113, for their first win here in nearly nine years.
In two extra sessions, Rasho Nesterovic and the Wolves wore down the Pacers.
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Off to its best start in franchise history, Minnesota (7-1) rebounded from Tuesday's surprising 107-103 home loss to Cleveland and snapped a seven-game losing streak at Indiana dating to February 1993.
The Timberwolves outlasted the fatigued Pacers, who had chances to win the game at the end of regulation and overtime but could not convert.
"I told them it was a great effort and we've got a game tomorrow," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "Let's get out of here, get some rest and try to win in Detroit. We just wore down. We didn't have enough stamina."
Brandon, Kevin Garnett
and Felipe Lopez
scored the first six points of the second overtime, when Minnesota held Indiana scoreless for the first 2:56.
Garnett led the Timberwolves with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Wally Szczerbiak
also scored 22 points.
"This was a good win for us, to come in here and get a victory against a good team like the Pacers," Szczerbiak said. "But it's just one win in a long season and we can't afford to let down in our next game. I think that's what happened the other night; we had a letdown against Cleveland."
scored 31 points, Al Harrington
added a career-high 25 and Reggie Miller
23 for Indiana (6-5), which lost its third straight game. Rookie Jamaal Tinsley
added 12 points, 15 assists, nine rebounds and six steals.
Miller hit a 3-pointer with 1:39 left in overtime to give the Pacers a 109-105 lead. But Szczerbiak hit two free throws 13 seconds later and Garnett threw in a jump hook with 13 seconds remaining. Rose's jumper just before the buzzer bounced off the rim.
Harrington made 11-of-14 shots but missed 1-of-2 free throws with 1:03 remaining in regulation and fouled out with 13 seconds left going for a rebound of Garnett's missed jumper.
After Harrington's foul, Gary Trent
made the second of two from the line to tie the game at 98. Tinsley missed a floater in the lane just before the fourth-quarter buzzer. He fouled out with 34 seconds left in the second overtime.
"Tinsley played very well. Matter of fact, he played great," Rose said. "But the bottom line was that we lost and we are out there to win."
Indiana again played without center Jermaine O'Neal,
who was nursing a bruised back. Point guard Travis Best
left in the second quarter with a strained right hamstring and did not return.
"We had a golden opportunity to win this tonight but squandered it away," Rose said. "We didn't hit the key shots and get key rebounds when we could and should have. I am not taking anything away from Minnesota, but we have to win on our home court for our home fans."