INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 25 (Ticker) -- Austin Croshere
scored 11 of his 25
points in the decisive third quarter as the Indiana Pacers held
off the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102.
Leading 47-45, at the break, Indiana outscored Minnesota 30-22
in the third quarter to take a 77-67 lead into the fourth. Croshere hit all three of his 3-pointers in the quarter
as the Pacers hit 6-of-10 from the arc in the period.
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"Our shooting is coming from everywhere," Croshere said. "We
punch it inside or we force them to guard us on the perimeter.
It makes it hard to key on any one or two players, and we have a
lot of good offensive players. I thought we played with a lot
of heart and it was a great win for us."
added 20 points and 14 assists for Indiana, which
had five players score in double-figures. Fred Jones
and James Jones
and Scot Pollard
chipped in with 13 apiece for
the Pacers, who improved to 13-2 all-time against the
Timberwolves at home.
"On a night like tonight, when you look like you're outmatched
on paper, you can't undersell guys coming together and playing
together in front of great fans," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle
said. "Everyone who played, played well. Scot Pollard has given
us a spiritual lift on the floor and in the locker room. Jamaal
Tinsley is doing things right now that very few point guards in
this league can do. These efforts have been great."
"I went out there tonight and tried to put pressure on them at
all times," Tinsley said. "This is a tough situation that we're
in. I have more opportunities to not only get myself good shots,
but my teammates, too. I was just trying to push it up the
court, get it in the paint, and get a good shot or dish it."
scored 23 points, but hit just 11-of-18 free
throws. Troy Hudson
added 19 off the bench and Wally Szczerbiak
"We just keep getting other teams' best game," Garnett said.
"Seattle played unbelievable (Tuesday). Indiana played unbelievable. The
crowd was into it. It's not our offense. We have to buckle down
and pick it up on defense. Things are only going to get
"Indiana came out and played a (heck) of a game. We looked like
we were waiting to turn it on, and you can't do that. You can't
just flip a switch," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders
body language was terrible. It looked like this was the last
place we wanted to be tonight. They did a good job swarming
Kevin tonight. We are back to the drawing board defensively. We
need to go back to basics."
Garnett scored 13 points in the fourth quarter as Minnesota
tried to mount a comeback, but Croshere answered with 10 points
in the final 12 minutes, including hitting 8-of-8 from the line.
Minnesota played without reserve center Michael Olowokandi
was suspended for the game after an early morning incident at a
downtown bar led to his arrest.
According to police reports, Olowokandi refused to leave the bar
after closing time and the owner asked police for help to get
the 7-foot, 270-pounder out of the establishment. After refusing
further requests to leave the bar, Olowokandi was shocked twice with a stun gun and arrested.
The team suspended Olowokandi for Thursday's game. Any further
action will come at a later date.