JAMAAL TINSLEY
Erupted for a career-high 37 points on 13-of-26 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line, adding six assists, six rebounds and four steals.
RICK CARLISLE
"Jamaal Tinsley has played really hard the last two games. Tonight he showed the type of game he is capable of playing. He really kept us in it when we were struggling in the fourth. He had a great scoring and floor game for the first three quarters, so he played a great basketball game."
Points in the Paint:
Timberwolves 30, Pacers 20
Fast-break points:
Pacers 13, Timberwolves 11
2nd-chance points:
Timberwolves 16, Pacers 7
Points off turnovers:
Timberwolves 20, Pacers 14
Starters scoring:
Pacers 68, Timberwolves 50
Bench scoring:
Timberwolves 36, Pacers 13
After taking a 67-55 lead late in the third period, the Pacers went 9½ minutes without a basket, missing all seven of their attempts while committing four turnovers as Minnesota rallied to take a 76-68 lead.
Explosive scorer Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards come to Conseco Fieldhouse Wednesday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • MINNESOTA 86, INDIANA 81
    Tinsley's Career Game Goes For Naught

    At Minneapolis | March 13, 2007


    This is what can happen when a team is on a nine-game losing streak: even with a 12-point lead and the ball in the closing seconds of the third quarter, even with their point guard riding a career game in which it seemed he couldn't miss, one mistake, one bad basket allowed, shatters a team's fragile confidence and turns a game completely around in an instant.

    Rashad McCants' steal and buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third period started Minnesota on a stunning 21-1 run that wiped out Indiana's 67-55 lead and sent the Timberwolves on their way to an 86-81 victory Tuesday in the Target Center.

    Though Jamaal Tinsley racked up a career-high 37 points – nearly half the Pacers' offensive output – Indiana nonetheless lost its 10th straight game to fall to 29-34 overall, tied with New York for seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The Pacers also dropped their eighth road game in a row to fall to 11-21 away from Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Timberwolves (28-35) snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 19-13 at home. They're 8-15 since Randy Wittman took over as head coach in late January.


    PLUSES

    Tinsley had a spectacular offensive game, not only hitting his jumpers (4-of-6 from the arc) but slicing through the Minnesota defense at will. He also had six rebounds, six assists and four steals, with five turnovers the only blemish on his line. Unfortunately, he worked essentially alone on offense. The only other Pacers to score in double figures were Mike Dunleavy (11 points, six rebounds, three assists) and Danny Granger (10 points, six rebounds). Shawne Williams provided a brief spark off the bench, scoring the team's first seven points of the second quarter, but that was all the second unit offered in the way of help.
    MINUSES
    The Pacers again struggled with turnovers, committing 20 that led to 20 Minnesota points. Though they held the Wolves to 38 percent shooting, they surrendered 16 second-chance points. And the bench was outscored 36-13.

    Kevin Garnett led the Wolves with 30 points on 11-of-24 shooting, adding nine rebounds and two assists. Randy Foye was big off the bench with 16, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Rashad McCants scored 12 off the bench, adding six rebounds, and three steals. Mark Jaric scored 11 with six assists and five rebounds.


    MOMENTS
    The Pacers were in apparent control for most of the game. An eight-point run late in the second quarter gave them a 42-33 lead, and that run extended to 22-9 into the third period as the margin grew to 56-42. Tinsley scored 10 of those 22 points. It was 67-55 when the Pacers had the chance to close out the third period with the last shot, but Darrell Armstrong lost the ball to McCants, who pulled up and bounced in the pivotal 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer.

    That one play brought the Wolves to life and drove a dagger into the Pacers, who were lulled into an offensive coma by Minnesota's zone defense. The Timberwolves got a pair of shot-clock-beating 3-pointers in the run, one from Jaric that gave them a 71-68 lead and one from Foyle that pushed the lead to 76-68 with 4:43 remaining.

    Tinsley tried to bring the Pacers back, scoring their next 11 in a row, including a rainbow floater in the lane that cut it to 82-79 with 1:43 remaining. After Garnett missed, the Pacers had a chance to get even closer but Troy Murphy missed an open 3-pointer and, after Ike Diogu's offensive rebound, Tinsley was off on a drive. The Pacers got another stop when Foye missed a 3-pointer but Jaric grabbed the offensive rebound with 24 seconds left, forcing Indiana to foul. Foye closed out the game from the line.


    TIDBITS
  • Jeff Foster left the game late in the third quarter and headed to the locker room with a sore back. He returned briefly but couldn't finish and was diagnosed with a lumbar strain. His status for Wednesday's game with Washington in Conseco Fieldhouse is uncertain.
  • If Foster can't go against the Wizards, the Pacers would likely be without three of their top six players, as Jermaine O'Neal and Marquis Daniels have been out with left knee injuries.
  • The Pacers dropped to 2-7 in games O'Neal has missed.
  • Daniels has missed 14 of the last 19 games.