Minnesota beats Indiana in the last minute

The Pacers ended their seven-game westbound journey Wednesday night with a game in Minnesota that followed a familiar pattern — a big deficit followed by a frenetic comeback. After falling 23 behind early in the second quarter, Indiana stormed back in the third quarter to take an eighth lead. But D’Angelo Russell took over late for the Timberwolves, who finished the game on a 6-0 run and a 121-115 win.

Here are five observations:

Pacemakers dig another deep hole

The Pacers have had many big deficits early in games this season, but Wednesday brought things to a new low — at one point in the first period, Indiana trailed 19. Anthony Edwards scored 14 points for Minnesota in the quarter. Indiana trailed 12-3, then 19-6, then 35-17 heading into the second. Indiana made just four field goals in the first 12 minutes, while Minnesota shot 14 of 27. The Timberwolves dominated inside, scoring 24 points in the paint and forcing eight Indiana turnovers.

A story of two quarters

Because as miserable as the first quarter was in Indiana, the second quarter was the complete opposite. The Pacers scored 44 points and cut the deficit to two from a 23-goal deficit at halftime. They capitalized on an 18-7 run to reduce the deficit to single digits. Buddy Hield was a key factor in the quarter, hitting five 3-pointers. The Pacers got on the line 24 times in the first half, converting on 18 tries and hitting nine 3-pointers. Bennedict Mathurin continued to play a big role, scoring 12 points in the first two quarters.

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Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Myles Turner make it big

Playing for the first time in three games, Tyrese Haliburton made his presence felt. He had 26 points, 15 assists and three steals. His 3 in the third quarter gave Indiana the biggest lead of the game by eight points, and in the fourth he made numerous big plays to keep Indiana on the ball — a 3-pointer to play the deficit at 5:50 to six points reduce , and helps on consecutive buckets a few possessions later.

Hield finished with 26 points and hit seven 3-pointers. Both totals hit season highs. When Hield hits consistently from behind the arc, that bodes well for Indiana – it’s 6-2 if he hits at least five 3-pointers.

Myles Turner, who missed Monday’s game with a sore muscle, played 34 minutes and ended up making it big. His 3-pointer with 2:47 left in the fourth trimmed Indiana’s deficit to four points. He hit another 3-pointer with 1:27 left to make it a one-point play and a third on next possession to equalize at 115. He finished with 23 points (8-of-11 shooting), eight rebounds and four blocks.

Minnesota seals deal at line

While Edwards made the difference early for Minnesota, D’Angelo Russell took over late, scoring 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. After Turner equalized the 115th score with a 3-pointer, Rudy Gobert was fouled and hit two free throws. He blocked a layup attempt from Hield at the other end, Edwards hit two free throws to end the game and Gobert threw a dunk for safety.

Next it’s back home

Indiana returns home Friday for the first time in two weeks to face Washington. When Indiana embarked on this seven-game journey, the score was 11-7. It will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse with a 13-12 win record intact. After Washington, Indiana will host Brooklyn (Saturday), Miami (Monday) and Golden State (Wednesday).

Woodwolves 121, Pacers 115

INDIANA (115): Hield 9-15 1-1 26, Nesmith 3-8 2-2 ​​9, Turner 8-11 3-4 23, Haliburton 9-14 3-3 26, Nembhard 3-10 0-0 7, Jackson 1 -2 2-2 4, Bitadze 0-0 0-0 0, Mathurin 5-16 3-6 14, Brissett 0-1 2-4 2, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, McConnell 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 39-81 18-24 115.

MINNESOTA (121): Anderson 3-6 1-1 7, McDaniels 5-10 0-0 12, Gobert 6-11 4-5 16, Edwards 8-18 9-10 26, Russell 9-18 6-6 28, Reid 3-5 0-0 6, Garza 1-3 2-2 4, McLaughlin 3-5 0-0 6, Moore Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Nowell 5-13 3-3 14, Rivers 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 44-92 25-27 121.

IND 17 44 29 25 – 115

MIN 35 28 27 31 – 121

3-Point Goals – Indiana 19-42 (Hild 7-11, Haliburton 5-9, Turner 4-6, Nembhard 1-4, Mathurin 1-5, Nesmith 1-6, Brissett 0-1), Minnesota 8- 23 (Russell 4-9, McDaniels 2-4, Edwards 1-3, Nowell 1-3, Garza 0-1, McLaughlin 0-1, Reid 0-1, Rivers 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Indiana 31 (Turner 8), Minnesota 50 (Gobert 20). Assists_Indiana 22 (Haliburton 15), Minnesota 25 (Edwards 8). Total fouls_Indiana 17, Minnesota 21. A_15,472 (19,356)

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