“We just didn’t play hard enough in the beginning,” Towns said. “They played with urgency and desperation from the beginning.”
Aaron Holiday wrapped it up with two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining.
Justin Holiday hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter, when the Timberwolves rallied to make it a one-possession game. T.J. McConnell made a key 3-pointer for a 138-132 lead with 24.9 seconds remaining. He finished with 19 points.
“Credit everyone who played tonight,” McConnell said. “They came in ready.”
Aaron Holiday scored 14 points in the second quarter, and the Pacers outscored the Timberwolves 42-25 in the period for a 21-point halftime lead. The Pacers had a season-high 77 points at the break.
“Their second unit carved us apart,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “We didn’t have a will to guard the ball.”
The Pacers led 69-44 in bench scoring.
Caris LeVert added 18 points for the Pacers. They shot 59% from the field.