GAME RECAP: Pacers 116, Timberwolves 114
Indiana edges the Minnesota, 116-114, as T.J. Warren scores 28 points and adds 5 rebounds in the win.
Indiana edges the Minnesota, 116-114, as T.J. Warren scores 28 points and adds 5 rebounds in the win.
January 17, 2020 - Doug McDermott, T.J. Warren and Myles Turner respond to the 116-114 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Malcolm Brogdon Lets It Fly to Win
Domantas Sabonis Denies the Timberwolves
T.J. Warren with a strong quarter that keeps the Pacers ahead of the Timberwolves
Aaron Holiday Shoots From Behind
Domantas Sabonis Knocks Down 2
Aaron Holiday to Justin Holiday to the Bucket
Myles Turner Shows Up with a Big Slam
T.J. Warren on Fire
Jeremy Lamb Taps the Glass
T.J. Warren Hits a Rainbow
Blink and You'll Miss T.J. Warren Slamming a 2
T.J. McConnell Hits a Quick 2
Aaron Holiday Beats the Buzzer
Doug McDermott with the Deep 3
T.J. McConnell Hits Buckets From Behind
Jeremy Lamb Works the Paint
Malcolm Brogdon Steps Back for 3
Domantas Sabonis Floats Up a 2
Game Rewind: Pacers 116, Timberwolves 114
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
After pulling out the narrow win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, the Pacers hoped to use home court advantage to sweep the home-and-home set. After compiling a 16-5 home record at the midway mark of the season, head coach Nate McMillan shared his thoughts with the media about using Bankers Life Fieldhouse to their advantage.
"You got to play your game," he said. "Home court is what you make it. And we have to go out and establish ourselves from the start."
The Blue & Gold took home the 116-114 win tonight in nail-biting fashion behind the roar of friendly fans. After getting the ball picked from his pocket on Indiana's previous possession, Malcolm Brogdon responded with a floater from the right side with 18.6 seconds remaining to provide the difference in the thriller.
"I came off of him trying to get the ball low," he explained postgame. "If I need to, I can twist the screen. Usually, I don't use the re-twist screen because usually Domas rolls. Coach trusts me to make the read. I have a lot of space over there because we clear that side out. The second and third quarters, shots weren't really falling for me, but I had to stick with it. He set a great screen, and Coach and my teammates trust me with the ball."
It was the third clutch performance in as many games for the fifth-year player.
In their penultimate home game in the month of January, five Pacers players finished in double figures, including a game-high 28 from T.J. Warren. Jeremy Lamb added 18, while Aaron Holiday and Doug McDermott provided 13 apiece off the bench. Brogdon notched his eighth double-double, finishing with 12 points and 10 assists.
In the first half, Indiana shot a scorching 29-of-46 (63.0 percent) to combat eight first-half Minnesota three pointers and take a 67-61 lead into the locker room at halftime. The total was just three points shy of tying their first-half season high of 70, scored against the Washington Wizards on Nov. 6.
The Pacers then withstood an onslaught of Minnesota threes to start the third. The visiting Timberwolves started the quarter 7-of-8 from deep for their first 21 points of the frame. However, Indiana responded with several treys of their own. A late 6-1 run from Warren then aided the Pacers in keeping the lead headed into the final frame.
Domantas Sabonis appeared primed to have another big night, scoring the first four Pacers points in under 90 seconds to grab and early Indiana lead. However, he finished with just eight points and five boards.
At the 8:50 mark of the first, Karl-Anthony Towns broke an 0-for-7 Minnesota start by finishing a three-point play. The former Kentucky center scored the first nine points for the Timberwolves to knot things up 9-9 with 7:32 left in the first. Towns had missed the previous 15 games due to a left knee sprain. He finished with a team-high 27 on 9-of-21 shooting.
However, six points from Jeremy Lamb on a 9-0 run gave Indiana an 18-9 lead with 5:57 left in the first.
After a 7-0 Minnesota run, the Blue & Gold responded with buckets on three consecutive possessions. Lamb's layup off a dish from Justin Holiday to go up 24-16 with 3:40 remaining in the frame. Eight of his 18 came in the first.
Aaron Holiday then sparked a strong quarter closeout. A dish to Goga Bitadze for a wide open, two-handed flush to give Indiana a 28-25 lead with 1:14 to go. On the next possession, he took matters into his own hands, finishing a tough layup on the right side to push Indiana's lead to five. With 8.0 seconds to go, he snagged an offensive rebound en route to connecting on one-of-two free throws to give the Pacers a 32-26 lead as the quarter expired.
Early in the second, three consecutive 3-pointers, two from rookie Jordan McLaughlin, trimmed the Pacers lead to just two, 37-35, at the 10:09 mark of the frame. Coming into tonight, Minnesota ranked third in the NBA in 3-point attempts on the road (39.0).
Robert Covington then knocked in a three to knot things up, 45-45, with 7:41 left in the half. Minnesota finished 6-of-8 from deep in the quarter.
For the next few minutes, the teams remained in a one-possession game until consecutive buckets from Warren gave Indiana a 59-54 advantage with 2:45 remaining. With 1:06 remaining, Warren would add to his total, drilling a three from the left baseline to give Indiana a 64-56 advantage.
Andrew Wiggins managed to cut the Pacers' lead to four with 9.7 seconds to go, but Lamb was awarded a final first-half basket after a goaltending call to give the Blue & Gold a six-point advantage at the end of the half.
Then the fireworks began.
In spectacular fashion, both teams traded 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions. The streak was only broken because Warren completed a wild four-point play from the left baseline to give Indiana a 77-70 lead with 9:46 remaining. The crowd roared, believing the track meet would be over.
But the Timberwolves remained unphased. The visitors hit seven of their first eight from deep, trimming Indiana's lead to 83-82 on consecutive long balls from Towns with 7:36 to go.
Towns and Lamb then went toe-to-toe for a spell. After Towns gave Minnesota a quick 86-85 lead, Lamb responded with a nifty finger roll layup to put the Blue & Gold right back on top with 5:39 remaining.
A personal 6-1 run from Warren would propel the Blue & Gold to a 94-89 advantage with 2:43 left in the frame. First with a pair of free-throws. Then with two mid-range jumpers.
Then, in fitting fashion, Aaron Holiday ended the period's scoring by drilling a cold-blooded 3-pointer from the right wing in the face of Towns to give the Pacers a 99-93 lead heading into the final frame.
The Pacers finally attained a double-digit lead, 103-93, on McDermott's cutting finger roll layup down the middle with 10:11 left. But the Timberwolves were determined to make a game of it.
With the Pacers ahead 107-96 at the 8:12 mark, Minnesota began a 7-0 run that trimmed their lead to four on a Gorgui Dieng 3-pointer from the left wing. With 5:32 showing, Sabonis ended the spree with a 15-foot jumper to put the Pacers ahead 109-103.
Minnesota would once again trim the deficit to four, 114-110 on a Covington three with 3:09 remaining. When Sabonis attempted to respond, he was called for a controversial offensive foul. A pair of Towns free throws on another Pacers foul with 1:48 remaining would knot things up at 114 apiece.
With 1:16 remaining and the Timberwolves inbounding the ball, Towns appeared to drill a three from the left wing as he fell to the floor, hoping for a four-point opportunity. But, it was determined he stepped out of bound before rising to shoot.
A wild sequence of events then occurred.
As Brogdon dribbled into the lane, he spun back out to reset. Shabazz Napier then swiped the ball from behind. Lamb then blocked Napier's pass attempt in the paint. After Napier retrieved it, he found Covington in the corner for another three. But he too, stepped out of bounds.
This time, Brogdon wouldn't be denied.
The guard composed himself at the top of the key, dribbled right, and found enough space to sink a floater with ease. The crowd jolted to its feet.
On Minnesota's final possession, Napier air-balled a 3-pointer. After a loose ball scramble ended up in a jump-ball call, Warren came up with the tip, and sealed the deal. The crowd saved its loudest roar for the final buzzer.
"Our fans were great tonight," McDermott said of the atmosphere postgame. "They've been good all year, especially down the stretch. You can definitely tell the difference."
Inside the Numbers
With the win, Indiana improves to 17-5 this season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana posted a 42-32 advantage in bench points. The Pacers' five players who appeared off the bench in tonight's game combined to shoot 18-for-31 (58.1 percent) from the field.
The Pacers won the rebounding battle, 41-36.
T.J. Warren has finished with 20 points or more 19 times this season. More than half of his points (15) were scored in the third quarter.
You Can Quote Me On That
"It's a privilege. Being the closer, sometimes it's about making the last shot, but sometimes it's about making the right play…making the right pass. So my teammates, this organization, my coach, they trust me with the ball and I'm going to continue to try to make good decisions." – Malcolm Brogdon on if he enjoys how his role has evolved into a closer
"We knew that they shoot a lot of threes. They want to play that drive and kick game, get to the rim, if the defense collapses, then then shoot threes. We also knew that their road record is better than their home record. That's because they play loose. They shot the ball like that and they're very capable of knocking down those threes. We had to do a better job of getting up on those guys and closing out. They were hot. You have to give them credit. Some of those shots were right over us but we got the stops when we needed to." – Pacers head coach Nate McMillan on if Minnesota's 3-point shooting caught him by surprise
"He can score anywhere possible. He can score off the dribble, catch and shoot, floaters, threes, pullups, the post, however you want it, he'll give it to you." – Jeremy Lamb on T.J. Warren's ability to score
Stat of the Night
The Pacers shot a season-best 56.1 percent from the field (46-of-82). Indiana has finished 50 percent or better from the field in five of their past eight games.
- Indiana is now 4-4 in games decided by three points or fewer, but holds a 3-0 record at home in those contests.
- Doug McDermott;s eight rebounds were a season high and his highest total in two seasons with Indiana.
- Indiana earned its third consecutive win over the Timberwolves and swept the regular season series against Minnesota for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
Indiana begins a five-game road trip in Denver against the Nuggets on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 8:00 PM ET.
After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return home to host the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 PM ET. All-Star guard Victor Oladipo plans to make his season debut that night. Find Tickets »
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