Budinger led Minnesota with 18 points off the bench and Nikola Pekovic chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds as the T-Wolves won another game without injured stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. The Pacers were led by George Hill, who scored 29 points, including a three-pointer to tie the game with 3.8 seconds to play, and dished out seven assists. David West also had a big game for Indiana, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The Timberwolves have now won three in a row and, with only one loss, sit ahead of the second-place Thunder, who beat the winless Pistons, 105-94. The Nuggets sit in third place after stomping the last-place Jazz, 104-84, and the Trailblazers fell to fourth following a 103-90 loss to the Clippers.
In other league action, the Spurs beat the Kings, 97-86, the Grizzlies picked up a 93-85 win over the Rockets and the Lakers defeated the Warriors, 101-77, in their first game without fired coach Mike Brown .
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