Aaron Holiday scored 22 points, while his brother Justin Holiday added 21, as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-137 on Wednesday night.
The Pacers had lost nine of ten home games while missing All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis and three other starters due to injuries.
“It was a tribute to how we were playing together and playing fast,” Justin Holiday said. “Hopefully when we get everybody back, we can continue to do this.”
With 32 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, Karl-Anthony Towns led NBA-worst Minnesota. Anthony Edwards led all scorers with 27 points.
“We just didn’t play hard enough in the beginning,” Towns said. “They played with urgency and desperation from the beginning.”
Aaron Holiday sealed the deal with two free throws with 8.3 seconds left.
When the Timberwolves rallied to make it a one-possession game in the fourth quarter, Justin Holiday hit four 3-pointers. T.J. McConnell hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 24.9 seconds left to give the Hornets a 138-132 lead. He finished with a total of 19 points.
“Credit everyone who played tonight,” McConnell said. “They came in ready.”
Aaron Holiday scored 14 points in the second quarter as the Pacers outscored the Timberwolves 42-25 to take a 21-point lead into the half. At the half, the Pacers had a season-high 77 points.
“Their second unit carved us apart,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “We didn’t have a will to guard the ball.”
In bench scoring, the Pacers led 69-44.
The Pacers were led by CarVert, who scored 18 points. They made 59 percent of their shots from the field. –ESPN