Wednesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Rewind half time
Two of the NBA’s hottest teams go head-to-head at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
After being up to 17 points behind in the first quarter, the Indiana Pacers (10-6) are just 53-48 behind the Minnesota Timberwolves (9-8) at the break.
Winning streaks are at stake as the Pacers have won five straight games while the Timberwolves have won four straight games.
The Blue & Gold came off the field cold and made just eight shots of 26 in the opening frame (4-for-9, 3 points), but narrowed the deficit to 29-21 in the dwindling seconds of the first quarter.
From the front, the Timberwolves went on an 8-0 run when the Pacers missed their first five shots.
A 3-pointer from Buddy Hield took the lid off the rim after three scoreless minutes for the Pacers before Aaron Nesmith hit a Trey that cut to 10-6.
Minnesota then responded with an 11-2 run, including nine unanswered points, to lead 21-8 with 4:22 on the clock.
In the final 1:43 of the first quarter, the Pacers went on an 8-2 run — anchored by a four-point play from rookie Bennedict Mathruin — as the team trailed by eight.
While Indiana struggled on offense, Minnesota came out strong, making 13 of 23 shots in the first frame. The visitors dominated the paint in the first quarter, scoring 20 points while overtaking the Pacers 16-7.
The Pacers had a very different start to the second quarter, starting with a 7-0 run on five points from Mathruin to make it a one-ball game with 10 minutes left at halftime.
Minnesota was able to hold Indiana up to a 9-1 run — with three points each from Mathurin, point guard Tyrese Haliburton and Myles Turner — at 43-41 with 3:34 on the clock.
The Pacers would lead 46-45 by a point after a 3-pointer from Hield, but a pair of shots by the Timberwolves in the final 26.3 seconds made it 53-48 at the break.
Mathruin leads all scorers with 16 points and Turner has 10 points for the Pacers, who shot 17 to 47 (8 to 19 3 points) in the first half. Gobert leads the Timberwolves with 11 points.
The Timberwolves win the rebounding margin 27-15 but have 11 turnovers. The Pacers have been outplayed 36-16 in the paint so far.
Program information (TV and radio program >>)
TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/anchor)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (side reporter/host)
The Pacers complete a four-game homestand at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, November 25 when they welcome Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets to Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Find tickets >>