Timberwolves dominate in all stages on their way to fifth win in a row – InForum

INDIANAPOLIS – The Minnesota Timberwolves can point to Wednesday night as a great example of what everything should look like on the floor when things are functioning properly across the board – and especially with the starting lineup.

D’Angelo Russell found teammates for open buckets, Anthony Edwards was efficient and effective, Jaden McDaniels hit open shots and got out in transition, Karl-Anthony Towns provided his usual scoring increases and Rudy Gobert dominated inland. In addition, everyone defended effectively and with the right intensity.

The end result was a 115-101 victory over the Pacers in Indianapolis.

“I just told the boys that this was undoubtedly our best performance of the season. Wire to wire, both ends,” said Timberwolves coach Chris Finch. “Although we had a lot of turnover, we still played very well offensively. Defensively, I thought we did everything we talked about. Very, very pleasant. Hopefully it is one more step, many more to go, but another step in the right direction.”

One game after zero shot attempts, Gobert finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds. The Timberwolves found him for some easy buckets, including an impressive fourth-quarter Edwards court for a Gobert finish that helped put the game away. Towns scored 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists.

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Rudy Gobert

Minnesota beat the Pacers 50-30, scoring 74 points in the paint to Indiana’s 38.

Indiana just didn’t have the format to compete with the Timberwolves – an advantage Minnesota hoped to play for most of the season, but eventually took advantage of Wednesday.

Russell added 15 points and 11 assists. Edwards recorded 19 points and seven rebounds and McDaniels scored 18 points with four blocked shots, while also locking guard Tyrese Haliburton. Indiana’s young star went down the field just 4 for 15. Indiana shot just 39% from the field as Minnesota’s offense continued to hum.

“Defensively, we executed the game plan really well. Big shout out to Jaden McDaniels,” Finch said. “Setting the tone well. Rudy patrols the paint.”

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Karl Anthony Steden

Myles Turner exploded with 15 points in the third quarter to bring Indiana within two. He finished with 31. But Minnesota again extended its lead to 10 at the end of the frame thanks to 13 points in the quarter from Towns and nine from McDaniels.

Both teams went into the night on winning streaks—Indiana winning five in a row and Minnesota winning four—but with the wins against less than impressive competition. Wednesday was a chance for the two streaking teams to get a better sense of where they really measure up.

The Wolves should be happy where they are right now.

“We knew it was going to be tough. Teams like this have caused us problems. Teams that play fast, move the ball well, have really gotten us into trouble so far,” said Finch. “A big step forward for us to to be ready for that and stay locked up no matter what.”

Jordan McLaughlin missed the game with a left calf strain. The reserve guard came off one of his best performances of the season against Miami on Monday, banging a season-high four three-pointers.

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