One for the record book: Pacers shoot 66.7 percent in 130-107 win at Minnesota

The Pacers shot 66.7 percent and outscored the Minnesota Timberwolves by 23 points in the second half to earn their first road win of the season, 130-107.

Their field goal percentage (66.7) was more than one percent better than their previous franchise-high: 65.3 percent, posted in Dallas back on January 5, 1987!

It was also the highest percentage ever recorded against a Tom Thibodeau-coached team, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Both teams were without their top option, the Pacers without Myles Turner (center) and the Timberwolves without Jimmy Buttler (illness).

A deeper dive into the numbers…

  • They shot 80 percent in the third quarter, making 16 of 20 attempts. Three of their four misses were from beyond the arc.
  • They shot 68 percent or better in three of the four quarters. (Just 47.8 percent in the second frame.)
  • Of the ten Pacers who attempted a shot, all but Lance Stephenson finished 50 percent or better from the field.
  • Domantas Sabonis, starting in place of Myles Turner (concussion), was perfect, 7-for-7, for the second time in four games.
  • Sabonis also recorded his second consecutive double-double – with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He had two in 81 games last season, his rookie year in Oklahoma City.
  • Darren Collison accounted for 16 of the Pacers’ 31 assists. He posted his second double-double of the season (15 points and 16 assists). Collison hasn’t had more than four double-doubles in a season since his rookie season, the 2009-10 season (14).
  • Backup point guard Cory Joseph provided a big lift off the bench: 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. His five 3-pointers (on six attempts) was a new career high.
  • Over their first four games, the Pacers have scored 130 points or more twice. They reached 130 points twice all of last season, and both games went into overtime.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 19 points, finishing in double figures for the third time in four games.
  • T.J. Leaf is already playing with great confidence. He sank four of his first five shots and netted 11 points.
  • Al Jefferson was 4-for-4 with eight points; he was a plus-9 in 18 minutes.
  • Without Turner, the Pacers dominated the board, 42-27.
  • They played with great pace, and outscored the Timberwolves 18-6 in fast break points.
  • While shooting 66.7 percent from the floor, the Pacers held the Timberwolves below 50-percent shooting (48.8).
  • Nate McMillan was assessed his first technical foul of the season.

[Photo: Frank McGrath/PS&E]

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