Two teams that were headed in different directions met on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana. The Indiana Pacers were riding a NBA league-leading four-game winning streak, and were 20-8 on their home court so far, in this strike-shortened season. The Minnesota Timberwolves had lost their last nine games in a row, and were trying to rebound.
Indiana poured it on early, using a 14-0 run in the first quarter, to start the game with an 18-2 lead. The Pacers began the game by hitting their first four shots from 3-point range, and taking an early 32-7 lead. Indiana’s lead jumped up to as many as 37 points in the first half alone.
The Timberwolves did not break 50 points until the last five minutes of the third quarter. The Wolves made a move in the fourth quarter, putting up 18 unanswered points, but their effort was a bit too little and too late. Indiana held off the attempted surge by the Timberwolves, and won the game by a score of 111-88.
The Pacers have a record of 23-4 this season when scoring over 100 points in a game. Their win on Monday marked Indiana’s fifth straight 100-point game, and their tenth time scoring over 100 points in their last 11 attempts.
“Regardless of who we play, we want to play suffocating defense,” Indiana’s head coach Frank Vogel said after the game. “The type of defense that’s gonna help us win in the playoffs. We just want to play every possesion the best we can on both ends.”