Trailing 40-20 after one quarter, the Wolves outscored the Pacers 40-15
in the second quarter and 111-78 the rest of the way on a night when
starting point guard Sebastian Telfair played superbly for all 48
minutes while guards Marko Jaric and Rashad McCants were home ill and
Antoine Walker returned from a bum ankle to deliver a 23-point,
six-three-pointer performance that included a joyous shimmy that lifted
his teammates when they needed it most.
"Just trying to get guys motivated,” Walker said when he shimmied
after hitting a 3-pointer to give the Wolves a 57-52 lead. "I don’t
want our season to go down the tubes. There’s still a lot of games
Al Jefferson scored 15 of his 29 points in the third quarter and added 13 rebounds and Sebastian Telfair had 27 points and 11 assists in all 48 minutes for the Timberwolves, who snapped a six-game losing streak and won just their fourth game of the season.
"That really got us going,” Telfair said of Walker’s shimmy. "’Toine means so much to this team.”
Wolves record: 4-21
Walker’s 12 points in the second quarter came on
four three-pointers. He and Sebastian Telfair combined to score 24 of
Minnesota’s 40 points in the quarter. And the Wolves held the Pacers to
just 15 points in the second.
The Wolves dominated the rest of the game, and seven players scored in double figures. Walker, Craig Smith and Gerald Green came off the bench and combined for 47 points, led by Walker’s 23.
131 Wolves points, second most in franchise history to a 134-point game against Denver on April 4, 1991.
3 Stitches Al Jefferson received in his lip after taking an elbow from Jermaine O’Neal in the second quarter.