NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Minnesota
(Friday, February 20th)
Final Score: Indiana 112, Minnesota 105
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Marquis Daniels notched 24 points on 11- of-18 shooting to help Indiana defeat Minnesota 112-105 and end the Pacers' 10-game road losing streak.
Jarrett Jack scored 18 and handed out five assists while Troy Murphy kicked in 16 points and 14 rebounds for a shorthanded Indiana team.
Pacers forward and leading scorer Danny Granger went down with a right foot injury during the second quarter of Wednesday's 103-94 loss at Charlotte. Granger, who leads Indiana with 25.0 ppg, will miss up to three weeks with a partial tendon tear in the foot.
T.J. Ford added 13 points and Brandon Rush 10 for Indiana, which is also toiling without sharp-shooting forward Mike Dunleavy, who is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. Dunleavy also missed the first 34 games of the season with the injury.
"There's ample opportunities for guys to step up with Danny being down and Mike being out," said Jack. "Marquis had a tremendous game for us. Brandon Rush also came in and gave us some great minutes. It was a total team effort."
The Pacers, who have alternated wins and losses over the last eight games, are just 7-23 away from Conseco Fieldhouse this season with their last previous road victory coming in Phoenix back on January 7.
Randy Foye dropped a career-high 36 points on 13-of-23 shooting, including a 5-of-8 performance from three-point range, in defeat. Ryan Gomes had 26 points and Mike Miller 18, eight rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which is riding a five-game home losing streak.
"We weren't making free throws and were turning the ball over," said Foye. "One of the biggest things is you can't turn the ball over. There's too many guys who can handle the ball and make plays to turn the ball over that much."
The Timberwolves have just two victories in their last 11 games and have dropped three of four since leading scorer Al Jefferson was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Indiana jumped out to a 33-26 lead after 12 minutes and grabbed a 61-48 halftime advantage behind Daniels' 12 first-half points.
Minnesota opened the second half with a purpose, and seven straight T'Wolves points from Gomes followed by a Foye triple had the hosts within six. Gomes and Foye logged back-to-back field goals moments later for a 67-62 affair, but consecutive baskets by Daniels preceded a Murphy three-ball, and another deuce from Daniels stretched the margin to 12, 76-64.
A Travis Diener three-pointer closed out the frame and gave the Pacers a 15- point advantage, 86-71, a lead they would only strengthen early in the fourth.
A Roy Hibbert jumper with 8 1/2 minutes to go provided a 20-point lead, although the T'Wolves would embark on an ensuing 15-4 run that would set the table for a run at the lead.
A pair of Foye three-pointers that followed had the hosts drawing closer at 102-97 with 1:26 on the clock but Sebastian Telfair made just 1-of-2 at the line while Daniels sank a jumper on the other end. Jack helped prevent the comeback with a perfect 6-of-6 showing at the line, and Murphy added two more from the stripe to hold off Minnesota.
Minnesota defeated Indiana, 116-111, on February 3 this season and had won five of the last seven meetings entering Friday's action. In addition, Indiana had lost three straight and four of its last five as the visitor in this series...The T'Wolves will also host the LA Lakers during their brief two-game homestand and are 8-18 at the Target Center in 2008-09...Telfair followed up a career-high 30-point performance on Wednesday with just five points on 1-of-9 shooting...Minnesota made a minor move Thursday, picking up forward Shelden Williams and reserve point guard Bobby Brown from Sacramento in exchange for swingman Rashad McCants and seldom-used center Calvin Booth...Ford took an elbow to the head during the third quarter that required stitches.
02/21 00:17:10 ET