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Associated Press, Published November 09 2012

Budinger’s layup lifts Wolves to win over Pacers

MINNEAPOLIS – Chase Budinger converted a layup on a feed from Andrei Kirilenko with 0.8 seconds to go, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 96-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Budinger scored 18 points while subbing for the injured Brandon Roy. Alexey Shved had 11 points and seven assists and Nikola Pekovic added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Roy left the game at halftime with a sore right knee. The former three-time All-Star is attempting a comeback after chronic knee issues forced him to retire from Portland before last season.

George Hill had 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds and David West had 19 points and 13 boards for the Pacers.

Indiana 19 24 21 30 – 94

Minnesota 21 21 27 27 – 96

INDIANA (94): West 8-16 3-4 19, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Hibbert 5-11 0-0 10, Hill 11-17 5-5 29, George 4-12 1-2 11, Green 2-9 4-4 8, T.Hansbrough 2-5 0-0 4, Augustin 0-6 0-0 0, Mahinmi 1-3 2-2 4, Stephenson 4-5 0-0 9. Totals 37-84 15-17 94.

MINNESOTA (96): Kirilenko 2-5 2-3 6, Williams 6-9 2-2 15, Pekovic 4-10 5-6 13, Ridnour 4-12 0-0 8, Roy 3-5 0-0 6, Budinger 4-6 9-10 18, Shved 4-8 3-3 11, Stiemsma 2-6 2-2 6, Lee 1-3 0-0 2, Cunningham 5-6 1-2 11. Totals 35-70 24-28 96.

3-Point Goals: Indiana 5-18 (Hill 2-4, George 2-6, Stephenson 1-2, Mahinmi 0-1, Augustin 0-5), Minnesota 2-9 (Williams 1-2, Budinger 1-3, Ridnour 0-1, Shved 0-3). Fouled Out:None. Rebounds:Indiana 44 (West 13), Minnesota 44 (Pekovic 8). Assists:Indiana 18 (Hill 7), Minnesota 23 (Shved 7). Total Fouls:Indiana 21, Minnesota 16. Technicals:Shved. A:18,222 (19,356).