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NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Minnesota



(Friday, January 8th)

Final Score: Minnesota 116, Indiana 109

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson finished with a game-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a five-game losing skid with a 116-109 win over the Indiana Pacers at the Target Center.

Kevin Love ended with 18 points and 13 boards, while Jonny Flynn also netted 18 points for Minnesota, which has won only three times in its last 10 games overall.

Ryan Gomes chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists off the bench for the Timberwolves.

Troy Murphy returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with an ankle injury and ended with 21 points for the Pacers, who were coming off a win over Orlando on Tuesday. Indiana has dropped 10 of 12 overall.

"They have some good players, a good, young nucleus," Murphy said of Minnesota. "They played well tonight. They got behind the crowd and made some plays in the second half."

Danny Granger (plantar fascia) was seeing his first action in 16 games and poured in 19 points to go with six rebounds. Mike Dunleavy and Roy Hibbert finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively, in defeat. Hibbert also had six boards, three assists and three blocked shots.

Minnesota held a 92-81 after three quarters, but the Pacers came storming back in the fourth. Granger's three-pointer, coupled with a technical free throw, pulled Indiana within 96-92 with 8:12 remaining, and Hibbert followed with a hook shot.

Then a short time later, A.J. Price's driving layup made it a one-point game, 100-99, but Corey Brewer drained a three-ball to start a 7-0 burst.

The Pacers still came back, getting within 112-109 after Granger banged down another trey with 44.3 seconds remaining. But after Damien Wilkins missed from beyond the arc and the Pacers called a time out, Granger's three-point attempt with 15 ticks left was off the mark. Wilkins answered with a dunk at the other end as Minnesota held on.

"We just kept attacking," Jefferson said. "We got to the line a lot and we took advantage of it...We didn't give up too many fast break points."

After an evenly played 26-26 opening 12 minutes, things remained tight for the entire second quarter. Wayne Ellington's two free throws with a second left in the half allowed Minnesota to get within 62-61 at the break.

With Indiana up by four nearly two minutes into the third quarter, Love's layup sparked a 17-0 Minnesota run. Jefferson finished it by making 1-of-2 from the line as the T'Wolves were up 80-67 just past the midway point. Jefferson's three-point play gave Minnesota a 92-81 lead after three quarters.

Game Notes

Despite the loss, Indiana has won three of its last five games versus Minnesota, but the Timberwolves are 5-2 in their last seven against the Pacers at the Target Center...The Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough (ear infection) missed the contest...Wilkins ended with 13 points.

01/09 00:58:53 ET


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