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Towns' fast start not enough in loss to Pacers

Wolves have dropped three of four

March 01, 2019 - 4:41 am

  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Karl-Anthony Towns started fast against an Indiana Pacers team missing two of its top players.

  But the Timberwolves were unable to hold off the Pacers down the stretch, losing Thursday night 122-115.

  Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 35 points fpr Indiana, who played without Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle), and Tyreke Evans (food poisoning).

  With the game tied at 107 with less than four minutes remaining, Bogdanovic drove for the go-ahead layup. Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins then missed two free throws on the next possession, and Bogdanovic extended the Pacers lead on the other end of the floor with a wide-open 3-pointer. The Pacers closed with a 15-8 run, with Bogdanovic scoring 11 points.

  After winning three in a row, the Wolves have dropped three of four to fall 4 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference.

   "It's rough. I mean, it's not easy to win in the NBA. And we didn't do the things we needed to do to win and execute in the end," Towns said. "We just got to be better on the defensive end. We had too many miscues and it cost us."

   TJ Leaf added a career-high 18 points for Indiana. The Pacers overcame an early 12-point deficit and led 64-60 at halftime.


   Timberwolves: Towns had his 52nd 30-plus point game and the 15th of the season. He has had 30 or more in three straight games. ... Minnesota is 4-23 when trailing after three quarters, and 41-12 when leading or tied after three.


   The Timberwolves play at Washington on Sunday night.

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