The Timberwolves started their 2012-2013 season with an impressive 84-70 win over the Indiana Pacers in front of 9,163 fans at the Fargodome. The Wolves held the Pacers to 34.8 percent from the floor and had four players score double figures led by Chase Budinger and Kevin Love with 14 points each.
Rick Adelman talked in the pregame media session about needing his team to play better defensively, and the Wolves didn't let him down. They forced 24 turnovers and picked up 13 steals all while playing a gritty brand of defensive basketball.
With Ricky Rubio out until December at the earliest, and Luke Ridnour injured, J.J. Barea played solid at the point scoring nine points and dishing four assists in the win.
Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko made their NBA returns with Roy playing over 23 minutes and Kirilenko 27 minutes. Roy shot five of nine from the field, scoring nine points and pulling down four rebounds showing no ill effects of the knee injuries that forced him to retire following the 2009-2010 season.
Kirilenko did his damage on the defensive end of the floor. He picked up six rebounds, had three steals and blocked one shot in his first game back after playing in Russia last year.
Love picked up where he left off leading the team in scoring with 14 points, grabbing eight rebounds, dishing two assists and picking off three steals.
The Wolves jumped out to a 22-19 lead after the first quarter and extended the lead to 46-36 at half due in most part to the second unit of Alexi Shved, Chase Budinger, Greg Stemsma and Derrick Williams.
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