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Sabonis' 29 guides Pacers past Wolves

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS – Domantas Sabonis matched a season high with 29 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 104-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points and Doug McDermott scored 14 off the bench for the Pacers, who have won three straight games.

Jarrett Culver led Minnesota with 17 points and Gorgui Dieng had 15 points and 11 boards. The Timberwolves have lost three in a row.

Minnesota big man Karl-Anthony Towns missed his 15th straight game with a left knee sprain. A combination of several players matched up on Sabonis struggled early to keep him in check in Towns' absence.

Sabonis looked poised for a big night offensively after scoring 25 points in the first half. He was quiet after halftime, though, making just one basket in each of the final two quarters.

The fourth-year big man didn't score in the second half until less than a minute remained in the third. Brogdon picked up the scoring burden for much of the half.

Culver trimmed Indiana's lead on consecutive possessions late in the fourth, but Indiana had an answer each time. After a basket by Culver made it a three-point game, Brogdon hit his first 3-pointer of the game to push the lead to six. McDermott scored 10 of his 14 points in the final quarter.

The teams play each other again in two days.

PISTONS 116, CELTICS 103: In Boston, Sekou Doumbouya scored a season-high 24 points and the Detroit Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak. Markieff Morris matched his season best with 23 points. Derrick Rose added 22 points and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk had a season-high 21. The Pistons shot a season-best 60.3% from the field.

Andre Drummond added 13 points and 13 rebounds to post his 34th double-double of the season.

Boston was without its second-leading scorer with Jayson Tatum sidelined because of soreness in his right knee.

BULLS 115, WIZARDS 106: In Chicago, Zach LaVine had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, as the Bulls placed seven players in double figures in its second win in its last nine games. Thaddeus Young had 18 points and eight boards, and Tomas Satoransky scored 18 points against his former team.

The Wizards' Bradley Beal scored 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting after he was listed as questionable because of right shoulder soreness.

Jordan McRae had 16 points for Washington, which has dropped three of four.


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