Jamaal Tinsley had 20 points, 14 assists and 7 rebounds to lead the suspension- and injury-depleted Pacers to a 106-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night in Indianapolis.
"Jamaal Tinsley is the facilitator for us," Coach Rick Carlisle said. "Right now, he's doing things very few point guards in the league can do."
Austin Croshere had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Fred Jones added 17 points for the Pacers, who seem to be taking a page out of Olympic gold medalist Argentina's playbook.
The Pacers used teamwork, hustle and superior three-point shooting to offset talent deficiencies and win for the second time in three games since Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were suspended for fighting with Detroit fans last week.
"On a night like tonight, when it looks like you're outmatched on paper significantly, you can't undersell guys coming together and playing together in front of great fans," Carlisle said.
The Pacers were 13 of 25 from three-point range, consistently beat the Timberwolves to loose balls and made the extra pass for wide-open shots to pull out their second victory in three games without their top three players.
Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 23 points and nine rebounds, and Wally Szczerbiak added 18 points.
CLIPPERS 101, NETS 88: Marko Jaric scored 23 points to lead a balanced attack and Los Angeles handed visiting New Jersey its seventh consecutive loss.
Elton Brand scored 17 points and Corey Maggette had 16 to help the Clippers end a three-game losing streak of their own.
Bobby Simmons added 13 points and Mikki Moore had 12 for Los Angeles, which moved ahead late in the first half and led by at least six the rest of the way.