Minnesota Timberwolves blow it in the fourth and fall to the Indiana Pacers


That darn fourth quarter got in the way again as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, 102-88.

It was a close game throughout at Target Center on Saturday night. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Minnesota Timberwolves had a two point lead and it looked like it would be an exciting NBA nail-bitter down the stretch… then the Indiana Pacers decided to outscore the Wolves 36-20 in the final frame to not make it even that interesting.

Ol’ friend Chase Budinger is now with the Pacers and dunked and hit a three in an 11-point game off the Indiana bench showing a production level Wolves fans only really ever dreamed about getting from him. Speaking of old friends, even Glen Robinson III got some minutes for Indiana.

The usual suspects for the Pacers put in some big points. Monta Ellis led the way with 22 points and Paul George put in 18. The Indiana bench had a better plus/minus rate than the starters with Jordan Hill and Rodney Stuckey having nice games in Minnesota.

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It’s becoming a common refrain for the Timberwolves, but again the team was led in the scoring column by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Towns had 24 points and eight rebounds while Wiggins put in 19 points. Ricky Rubio was the only other Minnesota player to reach double-digits with a 15 point game.

Sam Mitchell sent 10 Wolves onto the floor on Saturday night and only two were a plus in the plus/minus: Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince. KG was a +2 in 11 minutes while Prince was a +6 in 22 minutes on the floor.

The Wolves and Pacers are now done playing each other this season with the Pacers sweeping the season series with two victories.

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Minnesota drew the short straw and get the San Antonio Spurs once again in their next game. Tipoff from Texas is set for 7:30 on Monday.