10/21 21:36 CDT Bennett leads Timberwolves past Pacers 107-89
Bennett leads Timberwolves past Pacers 107-89
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Anthony Bennett scored 17 points and Ricky Rubio had 16,
leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 107-89 preseason victory over the
Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
Bennett was 7 for 9 from the field. The reserve scored Minnesota's first six
points of the fourth quarter to help the Wolves maintain their comfortable lead
over the injury-depleted Pacers.
Donald Sloan scored 19 points for Indiana, which lost starting guard George
Hill to a left-knee contusion in the third quarter. Chris Copeland had 17
points, and Roy Hibbert finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Hill was hurt during a scramble for the ball with less than five minutes to
play in the third. He was fouled on the play, and managed to shoot two free
throws --- missing both --- after staying on the floor for several minutes.
The Pacers called timeout after the second missed free throw, and Hill
eventually walked off the court to the trainer's room. He finished with 14
points in 21 minutes.
The Pacers already were playing without starting forward David West, who stayed
behind in Indianapolis to nurse a sprained right ankle.
Hill's 19-footer with 4:09 in the second made it 37-all before Rubio and
Bennett combined for 15 points during Minnesota's decisive 32-6 run over the
next nine minutes.
Known more for his flashy assists than accurate shooting, Rubio celebrated his
24th birthday by going 4 for 8 from the floor, and hitting 7 of 8 from the
Pacers: Luis Scola started in place of West and finished with five points on
1-for-5 shooting from the floor.
Timberwolves: Second-year forward Shabazz Muhammad returned to action after
missing the past three games with a sore right Achilles tendon. Muhammad, who
had been listed as questionable for Tuesday night's game, finished with six
points on 3-for-7 shooting. Rookie Andrew Wiggins dressed but didn't play after
taking a hard spill on Sunday's game at Oklahoma City.
Pacers: Thursday at home against Charlotte
Timberwolves: Thursday at Milwaukee.