The Wolves, since losing to the Boston Celtics, have been slumping lower and lower just like the past two seasons. Tonight, the Wolves lost their 10th straight game. With no Kevin Love available due to a concussion he sustained against the Nuggets, the Pacers rolled past the Wolves at home. Indiana simply manhandled the Timberwolves on their way to a 111-88 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana. The Wolves never led the entire game and trailed as far as 37 points.
From the first quarter, it was obvious already on who would win the game and how this game would be like throughout. The Pacers, at the end of the first quarter, were already up 32-13. Things just got worse in the second quarter where the Pacers scored 32 more points and held the Wolves to under 20 points once again. By the end of the first half the Pacers were up 64-30.
The second half turned around and the Wolves actually outscored the Pacers 58-47 mainly because the Pacers started using their reserves and used this game as a warm-up for the bench players who would be depended upon come post-season. Like their first meeting together of the season, everyone on the Pacers’ starting five scored in double digits. David West led the Pacers in scoring with 22 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds giving him a double double.
With no Kevin Love in the lineup the other T-Wolves had to step up. Unfortunately none of them didn’t. JJ Barea “led” the Timberwolves with 14 points and dished out 9 assists. Derrick Williams, off the bench, had a not-Love-like double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds but only shot 3-15 from the field including a 0-6 shooting from deep. Beasley as well put up 13 points and Nikola Pekovic tallied 10 points. Outside of them, they were the only bright spots in the Wolves’ game play tonight in Indiana. The Wolves as a team shot 36.8% from the field while the Pacers shot 44.3% from the field. The Pacers as well made 11 three pointers (45.8%) compared to the Timberwolves’ 7 three pointers (28%)
The Timberwolves return home to Minneapolis where they are set to face the red hot Memphis Grizzlies who have been the total opposite of the Timberwolves in the second half of the season. Well … looks like were going for 11 straight guys … Hopefully not.
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