|Date of game: 12/21/2014
Recap: Minnesota vs. Indiana
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Miles scored 28 points off the bench to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
Roy Hibbert supplied 15 points with eight rebounds and David West netted 14 points for Indiana, which snapped an eight-game road losing streak.
"Our guys have been deep in the playoffs, they showed great composure and we were able to pull out the win," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.
Mo Williams poured in 24 points with 10 assists for the Timberwolves, while Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger deposited 21 and 13 points, respectively.
Minnesota has lost five straight.
Williams' 3-pointer gave the Timberwolves a 90-89 lead late, their first advantage since it was 3-2 early in the first.
Hibbert answered at the other end with a layup before Williams worked a pick- and-roll with Gorgui Dieng and knocked down the jumper from the top of the key.
The seesaw affair continued with Miles burying a trey to give Indiana a 94-92 edge, but Dieng converted a pair of free throws to tie the game with 1:36 left.
Hibbert missed a hook shot with under a minute to play, however, Miles pulled down the offensive rebound. Out of a timeout, West hit a jumper to push the Pacers back in front with 34.3 seconds left.
Rookie Andrew Wiggins made a pivotal mistake at the other end. Williams looked for a back-door pass to Wiggins, who stepped out of bounds as he received the ball, thus turning it over.
Indiana worked the ball around after the turnover and chipped eight seconds off the clock before Miles was fouled. He converted both shots from the line to make it a two-possession game with 11.7 seconds left.
Newly-acquired Troy Daniels missed a long two-point try, then Luis Scola missed a pair from the line. Muhammad made a quick jumper in the closing seconds and Miles sealed it with two from the stripe.
"We didn't play as hard as we needed to play in the first half," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "(The young guys) need to play with a sense of urgency. Or they are going to sit."
Miles' 3 gave the Pacers a 20-17 lead after 12 minutes. Indiana then went on a 10-2 run early in the second to push the margin to 10 and it led 52-38 at the half.
Minnesota worked its way back, however, as Dieng's jumper late in the third cut the deficit to three. The Pacers scored six of the final eight points of the quarter, though, and led 75-68 entering the fourth.Game Notes
Minnesota is 1-10 in the month of December ... Scola and Donald Sloan chipped
in with 10 points each in the win ... Hibbert had four blocks for Indiana ...
The Timberwolves had a 43-36 rebound advantage ... The Pacers scored 23 points
off 16 turnovers.