Aaron Holiday scored 22 points off the bench and his brother Justin Holiday added 21 to fuel the Indiana Pacers to a 141-137 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday in Indianapolis.
TJ MConnell had 19 points and a season tied for 15 assists for the Pacers, who scored a record-breaking season in points despite playing without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle), Malcolm Brogdon (right hip pain) and Myles Turner (left ankle sprain).
Caris LeVert finished with 18 points, JaKarr Sampson added 16 and Goga Bitadze added 14 to help Indiana record its fifth straight win over Minnesota. The Pacers won a 134-128 overtime win over the Timberwolves on February 17.
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Aaron: 10 p.m. / 3 a.m.@ JustHolla7: 21p / 4r / 3a@TJMcConnell: 19h / 15h / 2s@CarisLeVert: 18p / 5r / 4a
JaKarr: 16p / 5r
Goga: 14p / 5a / 3r@dougmcdermott: 12p / 2r#PacersWin | #AlwaysGame pic.twitter.com/MxKP0DZYK1
– Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 8, 2021
Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 32 points and 12 rebounds and rookie Anthony Edwards added 27 points for Minnesota, who failed in their attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time since winning their first two games of the season.
Ricky Rubio and D’Angelo Russell each had 17 points and Naz Reid added 16 for the Timberwolves.
Russell converted a three-point play to reduce Indiana’s lead to 135-132 with 50.2 seconds left before McConnell countered with a 3-point run just as the 24-second clock expired.
Rubio made two of three free throw attempts to get Minnesota to under four with 15.5 seconds left, but LeVert added a free throw at the other end. Russell sank another 3 points to put the Timberwolves within two with 10.4 seconds left, but Aaron Holiday made both free throws to effectively seal the victory.
Indiana opened a close game scoring 42 points in the second quarter to take a 77-56 halftime lead. The Pacers’ point totals were season highs for a quarterback and a first half, thanks in large part to shooting 60.4% from the ground while working indoors for 40 points in the paint.
Aaron Holiday drained a pair of 3 points while scoring 14 of the Pacers’ top 20 points in the second quarter. Bitadze connected from beyond the arc to cap a personal seven-point surge and LeVert did a buzzer driving layup to finish Indiana’s high scoring quarterback.
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