Postgame Report: Timberwolves 116, Pacers 111 090203

Scored a game-high 28 points in 37 minutes, making 10-of-19 shots including 4-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 14:13 -1 Marquis Daniels 24:35 +1
Travis Diener DNP --- Mike Dunleavy 33:07 -14
T.J. Ford 34:14 -8 Jeff Foster 27:02 +5
Stephen Graham 6:10 +3 Danny Granger 37:10 -3
Roy Hibbert DNP --- Jarrett Jack 13:46 +3
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 40:37 -10
Rasho Nesterovic 9:05 -1 Brandon Rush DNP ---

  • Points in the paint: T-Wolves 40, Pacers 34
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 10, T-Wolves 10
  • Second-chance points: T-Wolves 24, Pacers 7
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 22, T-Wolves 17
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 88, T-Wolves 73
  • Bench scoring: T-Wolves 43, Pacers 23

  • Entering the game 11th in the NBA in free-throw percentage at .893, T.J. Ford missed four-of-eight free throws in the fourth quarter, including two in the final seconds.

  • With 17 points and 12 rebounds, Troy Murphy registered his 26th double-double of the season, which is sixth best in the NBA.
  • One of four Indiana players with at least four assists tonight, Jeff Foster passed out a career-high five tonight.
  • With his 4-4 at the foul line tonight, Danny Granger extended his streak of successful free throws to 32 in a row.
  • Granger's 28 points are his most in the last seven games--since he scored 30 at New Orleans, 1/19.
  • The Timberwolves' Al Jefferson's 12 points and 15 boards gives him 27 double-doubles on the season.
  • Including his two tonight, Danny Granger has blocked 10 shots in the last four games (2.5 bpg).
  • Over the final 9:15 of the game, the Timberwolves outscored the Pacers' 31-17, after Indiana had led by a game-high nine points (94-85).
  • Overall, Minnesota ends a three-game losing streak and has won 11 of its last 16 games.
  • The Pacers had more free throw attempts than their opponent for just 12th time this season, and lost for the fifth time in those 12 games as Minnesota shot better than 95 percent (21-22) from the line and outscored the Pacers, 21-20, on free throws.
  • The Pacers are now 7-12 against the Western Conference, including a mark of 5-4 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

  • The Pacers travel to Philadelphia to face the surging Sixers Thursday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Feb. 3, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Timberwolves 116, Pacers 111


    “If anything, we proved to ourselves we’re never out of a basketball game. I think our guys played with a great degree of tenacity and never gave up."

    "I thought if we held Jefferson down like we did, we’d beat these guys. But Gomes (Ryan) and Telfair (Sebastian) really hurt us."

    "(On missed free throws) In a situation like that, the guys desperately want to make them. It’s just the way the ball bounces.”


    “Too bad this one got away from us. It is a tough, tough loss to swallow. We just came up a little bit short. We have played ourselves into a deep hole. We can only dig out of this."

    "It was close the whole game. In my opinion, the big difference was the run at the end and how they executed. We concentrated on not letting Jefferson beat us but we didn’t control the others.”


    (On Al Jefferson) "We tried to front him and we worked hard in practice on defending him. It worked fairly well but the others beat us. We got beat up on the boards pretty good. So it’s back to drawing board."

    "This was a very frustrating loss, but we just didn’t get the job done. We’re really behind the eight ball now and we’ve got to come out fighting. They made the final run at the right time and knocked us back on our heels and we just couldn’t recover.”


    “Overall, that was not the prettiest game we’ve played but I will take the win. We moved the ball pretty good at times. They did a really nice job finding Al (Jefferson). Down the stretch we got good rebounds, a lot of great contributions from everybody. We got to play a lot better defense. We fell asleep. They made some shots."

    (On the last 27 seconds) "We did the worst thing we could do, we held the ball. We are waiting for them to foul us, but they didn’t they trapped us."

    (On Larry Bird) "Larry is one of my favorite people in basketball. Larry will turn this around."

    (General) "We have a lot of stuff to clean up. We are still a work in progress. But I like the grit in these guys.”


    (On the key stretch in the fourth quarter when the subs contributed heavily) "We just had to have big energy and do the things we’re capable of doing. That’s our job."

    (On the improvement the Wolves have made recently) W"e’re definitely getting better. When you win, confidence starts to build, especially for young teams. We have a lot of new faces on this team. We haven’t been together real long. We knew it would take time and we’ve been battling. We made some mistakes at the end tonight but we haven’t been in those situations much. We’ll keep working on that and get better.”


    (On the win) "It’s us being aggressive. When we are, good things happen—offensively and defensively. We can’t be out there passive on offense and soft on defense."

    (On the Wolves finding their rhythm recently) "We’re finding a way to play through Big Al (Al Jefferson). He’s our all-star on this team. He’s scoring a lot of points, and we’re playing off him. It’s definitely working for us a lot."

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