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Friday, February 20, 2009

By DAVE CAMPBELL

AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Marquis Daniels filled in for injured All-Star Danny Granger just fine, scoring 24 points in Granger's place in the starting lineup and leading the Indiana Pacers past the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-105 on Friday night.

Troy Murphy added 16 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Pacers overcome a career-high 36 points by Randy Foye while the Timberwolves missed 18 of 41 free throws.

The Wolves trailed by 20 points, but closed to 100-92 and 102-97 on two more 3-pointers by Foye. But after a loose ball foul on Indiana's Jarrett Jack, Sebastian Telfair made only one of two free throws and Daniels knocked down a jumper from the corner to get the lead back to six with 35.9 seconds remaining.

Ryan Gomes contributed a season-high 26 points for Minnesota, which is 1-3 after star Al Jefferson's season-ending knee injury. Beyond Foye, Gomes and Mike Miller, who had 18 points, the rest of the Wolves shot 6-for-28 from the field.

Granger and his 25 points per game are out for up to three weeks with a foot problem. Sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy, already absent for a big chunk of the season, was declared in the morning out indefinitely with his sore knee. Center Jeff Foster missed his fifth straight game a sprained ankle. Point guard T.J. Ford took an accidental elbow to the forehead from teammate Troy Murphy and was away from the court for a quarter while getting stitches.

This was Indiana's 17th different starting lineup this season.

The Pacers sped away late in the second quarter -- Murphy had a double-double before halftime -- and opened up a 46-31 lead after Ford's no-contest layup. That prompted this from Wolves coach Kevin McHale: "We better defend right now! Let's go!"

Minnesota came within 67-62 on a jumper by Foye, who went 5-for-8 from 3-point range, but after a timeout Indiana built a bigger cushion. The Murphy-Ford mishap didn't faze the Pacers and, with a couple of mid-range makes by former Timberwolves center Rasho Nesterovic, they stretched the lead to 94-74 midway through the final period.

After one awkward-looking jump shot that Nesterovic proceeded to swish, one woman behind the Minnesota bench exclaimed, "He never did that when he played for us!"

Notes:

The two newest Timberwolves, F-C Shelden Williams and PG Bobby Brown, passed their physical exams after arriving at Target Center but did not dress for the game. They were acquired Thursday in a trade that sent G Rashad McCants and C Calvin Booth to Sacramento. ... Booth established a franchise record never to be broken, for fewest career minutes (1) among all players to ever appear in a game for Minnesota. ... PG Kevin Ollie returned for the Timberwolves, playing 10 minutes after missing the past 20 games because of a dislocated elbow.

Pacers-Timberwolves, Box

INDIANA (112)

Daniels 11-18 1-2 24, Murphy 4-12 5-6 16, Hibbert 3-6 1-2 7, Ford 6-12 0-0 13, Jack 4-11 8-8 18, Nesterovic 4-5 0-0 8, Rush 4-12 1-2 10, Diener 2-5 0-0 6, Baston 2-3 4-6 8, McRoberts 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 41-85 20-26 112.

MINNESOTA (105)

Miller 7-12 2-3 18, Gomes 10-19 4-6 26, Love 1-5 3-6 5, Telfair 1-9 2-5 5, Foye 13-23 5-7 36, Collins 1-2 2-2 4, Smith 0-3 3-8 3, Carney 2-6 0-0 4, Ollie 0-1 2-4 2, Cardinal 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-82 23-41 105.

Indiana33282526--112

Minnesota26222334--105

3-Point Goals--Indiana 10-19 (Murphy 3-6, Jack 2-2, Diener 2-3, Ford 1-1, Daniels 1-3, Rush 1-4), Minnesota 10-23 (Foye 5-8, Miller 2-3, Gomes 2-3, Telfair 1-5, Cardinal 0-1, Carney 0-3). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Indiana 51 (Murphy 14), Minnesota 63 (Love 12). Assists--Indiana 22 (Diener 6), Minnesota 18 (Telfair 6). Total Fouls--Indiana 26, Minnesota 24. A--13,777 (19,356).



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