MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin Garnett knew he needed to step up with Terrell Brandon injured. Did he ever.
Malik Sealy made the winning shot in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 101-100 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, but it was Garnett's career-high 37 points and clutch shooting in the fourth quarter that made Sealy's heroics possible.
''This was one to just soak up and enjoy,'' Garnett said. ''Malik has made some pressure shots, none bigger than tonight.''
Sealy banked in a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Wolves the victory. The shot came after Mark Jackson made a short jumper with 1.7 seconds to play, giving Indiana a 100-98 lead.
That broke a tie that Garnett worked so hard to create. Minnesota trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, but Joe Smith and Garnett combined for 29 of Minnesota's 34 points in the quarter.
Garnett made his last six shots and tied the score three straight times with jump shots in the final 1:29.
''I knew every time we were down two that I needed to come up big,'' Garnett said. ''I told my teammates to just sit back and watch and let me do my thing.''
Garnett has been doing his thing most of this season, averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon strained his right calf against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday and was declared out for the game just minutes before warmups Monday.
Brandon averaged 20 points and 11 assists as Minnesota went 11-3 in its last 14 games. Rookie William Avery started in Brandon's place, and he and backup Bobby Jackson missed 18 of 24 shots.
''We still finished with 33 assists and only seven turnovers,'' Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. ''Given that we had a point guard on a roll, and he can't play against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, I'm proud of Will and Bobby.''
Minnesota led by eight points in the first quarter, but fell behind by three at halftime. Rik Smits scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter as the Pacers led 77-67 after three quarters.
''They did a tremendous job hanging around all game,'' Smits said. ''Garnett kept them in the game. He was getting defended and he was making difficult shots. Fadeaways, turnarounds -- tough shots, but he made them.''
Smith scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.
On the winning basket, Saunders originally drew up a play for Sealy to inbound the ball to Sam Mitchell, but Sealy suggested he try the shot, given that Mitchell had just entered the game and might not be sharp.
The play, appropriately named ''Last Shot,'' worked perfectly, as Mitchell found Sealy behind the 3-point line. Sealy turned and launched his game-winner with Jalen Rose running at him, and the shot banked off the glass and through the net as the buzzer sounded.
''I got it up high, and I certainly didn't call 'glass','' Sealy said. ''I don't remember much else, except that after a while it was hard to breathe.''
''We had the lead with 1.7 seconds left,'' Pacers coach Larry Bird said. ''We'll take that any time. They just hit a tough shot.''
Notes: Brandon, listed as day-to-day, is expected to return for Wednesday's game in Utah, the start of a five-game road trip. ... Indiana's Austin Croshere had a career-high 13 rebounds and had a double-double for the third time in as many games. ... The Pacers won six of their previous seven games at Target Center. ... Indiana is 10-10 on the road, 15-2 at home. ... With Wednesday's game in Utah, the Wolves will have played all four division leaders in a five-game stretch.
Rose 7-14 2-2 16, Davis 3-8 2-2 8, Smits 9-14 2-2 20, R.Miller 5-13 5-5 17, M.Jackson 3-4 6-6 13, Perkins 2-4 0-0 4, Croshere 2-8 8-10 13, Mullin 2-7 0-0 5, Best 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 35-79 25-27 100.
Mitchell 1-3 0-0 2, Garnett 16-26 5-6 37, Nesterovic 1-2 1-2 3, Sealy 7-16 1-1 16, Avery 2-12 0-0 4, J.Smith 6-9 4-6 16, Szczerbiak 2-4 1-1 5, Peeler 4-9 0-0 8, B.Jackson 4-12 2-2 10. Totals 43-93 14-18 101.
Indiana 28 20 29 23 -- 100
Minnesota 29 16 22 34 -- 101
3-Point Goals--Indiana 5-14 (R.Miller 2-5, M.Jackson 1-1, Croshere 1-3, Mullin 1-4, Rose 0-1), Minnesota 1-6 (Sealy 1-1, Garnett 0-1, B.Jackson 0-1, Peeler 0-1, Avery 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Indiana 48 (Croshere 13), Minnesota 52 (Garnett 13). Assists--Indiana 24 (M.Jackson 11), Minnesota 33 (Garnett 7). Total fouls--Indiana 19, Minnesota 24. Technicals--Davis. A--16,731 (19,006).
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