NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 25th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (8-7) at Indiana Pacers (12-1), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers will go for a conference-best 13 wins
on Monday night when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Bankers Life
The Pacers have taken three straight since their only defeat of the campaign,
a loss in Chicago a week ago Saturday. Two of the latest victories came on the
road, but their most recent win was at home.
Indiana grounded out a tough, 106-98 win over the scrappy Philadelphia 76ers
"Good team win for our guys. I'm happy with the balance in the starting five
and the scoring," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "I don't care what anybody
says, it's tough to play a game when you find out at the last minute that
three or four of their top guys are out and you have a lot of new faces that
you're not familiar with."
Roy Hibbert was dominant on Saturday with 27 points, 13 rebounds and six
"He's been dominant defensively all year and when we need him to step up on
the offensive end, he does. A big effort by him," Vogel said of Hibbert.
Paul George had 19 points, followed by 18 from Lance Stephenson and 17 points
and 11 boards out of David West. George Hill chipped in 11 for Indiana, which
has surrendered 100 points just once all season.
The Wolves have dropped three of their last four, culminating with a 112-101
road loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
The Rockets shot 54.8 percent from long range Saturday, going an eye-opening
"We showed fight but in the end it's really tough when the first three shots
of the fourth quarter from three and they hit three in a row," said Kevin
Love. "That kind of made it tough for us to come back but we continued to
fight and cut it to 10 and then they kept hitting threes. It was tough."
Love was excellent, as always. He finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds.
Corey Brewer added 22 points, followed by 19 from Kevin Martin. Nikola Pekovic
managed 14 points, but no other Minnesota player was able to crack the 10-
The Wolves shot 40 percent from the field and only committed 10 turnovers,
but it wasn't enough to stop the long-range attack of Houston.
Minnesota returns to the Target Center Wednesday, then hits the road for two
in a row.
The T'Wolves and Pacers teams split their two meetings last season. Minnesota
lost four straight in Indianapolis and is just 3-16 over its last 19 as the
visitor in this series.
11/25 10:28:41 ET