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Butler scores 26, Timberwolves beat slumping Pacers 107-90

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves never forgot about their loss to the Pacers early in the season. And it was all the motivation they needed to come out strong in Sunday's rematch.

''We watched film the last two days of their win earlier in the year and it definitely wakes you up,'' forward Jimmy Butler said. ''It was good to get back at them.''

Butler had 26 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Timberwolves never trailed this time around in a 107-90 victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks, and Taj Gibson added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves (23-14), who have won nine of their last 12.

Joe Young scored a career-high 20 points off the bench and Bojan Bogdanovic scored all of his 13 points in the third quarter as the Pacers (19-18) dropped their fourth straight, equaling their worst skid of the season. Indiana also lost four in a row in early November.

This time, the Pacers have been without guard Victor Oladipo, who averages a team-leading 24.9 points per game. He missed a third straight game with an injured right knee.

Young is taking advantage of the chance to help fill the void.

''It's about being ready, and when your time comes, you have to be ready,'' he said. ''Like (teammate) Al Jefferson told me, you just have to be ready at all times. Your name could be called any second. I took that motivation and just stayed ready and my time has come.''

It wasn't enough to help the Pacers put together a rally.

After taking a 49-38 lead into halftime, the Timberwolves scored eight straight to open the second half. Gibson's 3-pointer at the end of an 11-2 run gave Minnesota a 73-53 lead with 4:40 left in the third quarter.

''Our starters got us off to a great start,'' Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''We're still striving to be a 48-minutes team. I thought what Jimmy did to get us going at the beginning (was big). I really liked the way he played.''

Butler had 16 points by halftime and didn't play in the fourth quarter.

ROUGH START

Indiana missed 12 shots, turned it over five times, fell behind 17-0 to start the game, and didn't score until Domantas Sabonis' hook shoot at the 5:15 mark in the first quarter. The Pacers scored just 13 points in the opening period - their season low for points in a quarter - and all 13 points came off the bench.

OPPOSITE NIGHT

When the teams first met early in the season, the Pacers shot a franchise-record 66.7 percent from the field. On Sunday, Indiana shot 38.8 percent, its worst since shooting 33.7 percent in a 114-96 loss to Oklahoma City on Oct. 25.

TIP-INS:

Timberwolves: Butler was 10-of-11 from the free-throw line. ... Minnesota turned it over just eight times. ... Towns' six blocks tied his career high. ... The team finished with a 58-36 advantage in points in the paint.

Pacers: Indiana's 90 points was its lowest scoring total at home this season. ... Indiana committed 17 turnovers. ... The 58 points off the bench was a season high.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in the second game of a back-to-back.

Pacers: At Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
M. Turner
33 C
30.2 Min. Per Game 30.2
14.5 Pts. Per Game 14.5
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
6.8 Reb. Per Game 6.8
53.2 Field Goal % 48.6
53.0 Three Point % 49.2
82.8 Free Throw % 76.0
+ 2 Ike Anigbogu made jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Ike Anigbogu 0:00
  Ike Anigbogu missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Ike Anigbogu made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Shooting foul on Shabazz Muhammad 0:02
  Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf 0:09
  Cole Aldrich missed jump shot 0:10
  Offensive rebound by Cole Aldrich 0:10
  Shabazz Muhammad missed turnaround jump shot 0:14
+ 3 Joe Young made 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
  Team rebound 0:40
Team Stats
Points 107 90
Field Goals 41-86 (47.7%) 33-85 (38.8%)
3-Pointers 4-19 (21.1%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 21-25 (84.0%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 51 54
Offensive 13 13
Defensive 31 30
Team 7 11
Assists 20 20
Steals 11 3
Blocks 8 5
Turnovers 7 16
Fouls 20 19
Technicals 1 1
18 PTS, 14 REB, 4 AST
20 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 23-14 23263820107
home team logo Pacers 19-18 1325203290
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 23-14 110.5 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Pacers 19-18 106.4 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.9 APG
Key Players
J. Butler SG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Young PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Butler SG 26 PTS 6 REB 5 AST
J. Young PG 20 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
47.7 FG% 38.8
21.1 3PT FG% 40.0
84.0 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 26 26 6 5 3 0 1 0 8/11 0/0 10/11 2 4 44 +31
K. Towns 37 18 14 4 2 6 1 4 6/11 1/3 5/6 1 13 47 +26
T. Gibson 30 17 9 0 0 2 0 0 8/10 1/2 0/0 4 5 28 +32
A. Wiggins 30 14 2 2 1 0 1 2 5/13 2/4 2/4 0 2 20 +32
T. Jones 26 6 2 6 2 0 1 3 3/6 0/1 0/0 0 2 21 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Butler 26 26 6 5 3 0 1 0 8/11 0/0 10/11 2 4 44 +31
K. Towns 37 18 14 4 2 6 1 4 6/11 1/3 5/6 1 13 47 +26
T. Gibson 30 17 9 0 0 2 0 0 8/10 1/2 0/0 4 5 28 +32
A. Wiggins 30 14 2 2 1 0 1 2 5/13 2/4 2/4 0 2 20 +32
T. Jones 26 6 2 6 2 0 1 3 3/6 0/1 0/0 0 2 21 +30
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 19 8 0 1 0 0 0 2 4/8 0/3 0/0 0 0 10 -10
G. Dieng 18 8 6 0 0 0 1 2 3/6 0/0 2/2 2 4 13 -7
N. Bjelica 17 4 2 1 2 0 0 1 2/11 0/3 0/0 2 0 10 -15
A. Brooks 20 2 1 1 1 0 1 2 0/3 0/3 2/2 0 1 5 -13
C. Aldrich 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 0 3 -7
S. Muhammad 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -7
M. Georges-Hunt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -7
J. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 107 44 20 11 8 7 20 41/86 4/19 21/25 13 31 203 +85
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 21 13 1 2 1 0 0 3 4/7 3/6 2/2 1 0 19 -28
T. Young 21 8 3 2 0 0 1 0 4/10 0/1 0/0 2 1 14 -33
D. Collison 20 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/2 0/0 0 0 9 -27
L. Stephenson 22 5 4 3 0 0 2 3 2/9 1/3 0/0 0 4 13 -35
M. Turner 19 1 2 1 0 2 3 4 0/5 0/1 1/1 0 2 4 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 21 13 1 2 1 0 0 3 4/7 3/6 2/2 1 0 19 -28
T. Young 21 8 3 2 0 0 1 0 4/10 0/1 0/0 2 1 14 -33
D. Collison 20 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/2 0/0 0 0 9 -27
L. Stephenson 22 5 4 3 0 0 2 3 2/9 1/3 0/0 0 4 13 -35
M. Turner 19 1 2 1 0 2 3 4 0/5 0/1 1/1 0 2 4 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Young 24 20 5 2 0 0 2 0 7/11 3/4 3/3 1 4 27 +14
C. Joseph 25 10 4 4 1 0 4 2 4/10 1/2 1/2 1 3 19 +2
D. Sabonis 29 8 11 2 1 1 2 2 3/10 0/2 2/3 2 9 23 -11
A. Jefferson 17 8 5 0 0 1 1 2 3/4 0/0 2/3 2 3 13 +11
I. Anigbogu 3 7 4 0 0 1 0 0 2/3 0/0 3/4 3 1 12 +7
D. Wilkins 27 5 3 2 0 0 1 1 2/7 1/3 0/0 1 2 11 +16
A. Poythress 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 +5
T. Leaf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +7
V. Oladipo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 90 43 20 3 5 16 19 33/85 10/25 14/18 13 30 165 -85