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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers arent letting anybody keep up with the Georges. Certainly not Monday night. George Hill took care of the early work, scoring a season-high 26 points, and Paul George closed it out by scoring 11 of his 26 points during a decisive second-half stretch that finally allowed Indiana to pull away from Minnesota 98-84 for yet another win. "We just dont rely on one person to do all the work," Hill said. "We have multiple people who can make plays, who can play defence and things like that. We just continue to work together. We dont know whos night its going to be. All we know is we have one common goal and thats to win the game." The Pacers (13-1) are doing that at a record-setting pace this season. After opening with nine straight wins, theyve followed their only loss with four more wins. Theyre now a perfect 8-0 at home for the first time in franchise history, off to the best start in franchise history and 3-0 against the Western Conference. Mondays win followed a familiar script. Indiana used a suffocating defence, a balanced offence and a strong bench and to put away scrappy Minnesota (8-Cool. But Hill and George proved to be too much. Hill dominated the first half, scoring 12 points as the Pacers took a 20-6 first-quarter lead. George took care of the rest, spurring the game-changing run that finally gave Indiana some breathing room in the second half. Together, they went 19 of 29 from the field and 7 of 8 on 3-pointers. Hill finished with seven assists, five steals and three rebounds, while George had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. "Its great, were playing together, were making smart plays," Lance Stephenson said after scoring 13 points. "We have so many weapons, you dont know who is going to have a big night." Minnesota had other problems, too. The NBAs best defensive team essentially turned the high-scoring Timberwolves into a three-man show. Kevin Love finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds, Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Martin added 18 points. Minnesotas other five players combined for 28 points and 19 rebounds -- not nearly enough to turn back the white hot Pacers. What happened? Minnesota shot 32.6 per cent from the field, was 3 of 19 on 3-pointers, had 19 turnovers and went 8 1/2 minutes without a basket. "We shot the ball poorly, plain and simple, and you are not going to win that many games doing that," Love said. "We knew it was going to be a physical game and we tried to be physical right back. Then they went on that one run and were able to keep their distance." Playing short-handed didnt help. Chase Budinger missed the game with a left knee injury, Shabazz Muhammad sat out with a sprained right ankle and Ronny Turiaf missed the game with a right elbow injury. Derrick Williams, the former No. 2 overall draft pick, also did not play as trade rumours swirled. During the game, word leaked that Minnesota agreed to send Williams to Sacramento for Luc Mbah a Moute -- coach Rick Adelman said after the game that he wasnt aware of a deal. But the bigger problem was containing the one-two punch of Hill and George. Hills fast start helped Indiana take the 14-point lead midway through the first quarter and forced the Timberwolves to spend the rest of the night playing catch-up. Minnesota didnt tie the score again until Pekovic hit two free throws with 4:53 left in the third quarter. Minnesota then took the lead twice for a total of 22 seconds, the second time coming when Kevin Martin made three throws to give the Timberwolves a 66-65 edge with 3:09 left in the quarter. Thats when George kicked things into high gear. He drove to the basket, drawing a foul and made two free throws. He came up with a steal on the ensuing possession and drove in for a highlight-reel windmill dunk to make it 69-66. When the Pacers missed their next shot, George grabbed the loose ball and made a nifty behind-the-back pass to David West, who jogged in for a layup. West closed out the 8-0 portion of the run with a 6-foot runner to give Indiana a 73-66 lead late in the third. Then George opened the fourth quarter with two more baskets and when the 17-4 run ended, Indiana led 82-70. Minnesota never got within single digits again. "We get stops, we get blocks, we get steals, creating easy offence on the other end and thats really the recipe to separate from other teams," George said. "We knew we needed some more energy and we needed to click more offensively. But the defensive end is where we kind of came down and really took care of business." NOTES: Minnesotas lowest previous point total was 92 in a loss at Cleveland on Nov. 4. ... ... Former Purdue star Robbie Hummel made his first trip back to his home state as an NBA player and finished with zero points and three rebounds. ... 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PETERSBURG, Fla.Even with the PGA Tour starting a new season in October, and big golf being played around the world, Tiger Woods said he was pleasantly surprised to draw another big cast of stars to his holiday tournament in California. "Its our deepest and strongest field that weve had, possibly ever," Woods said Tuesday. The World Challenge has not announced its two sponsor exemptions from among the top 50 in the world ranking to fill out the 18-man field. The tournament, which was in jeopardy this summer until Northwestern Mutual stepped in as a title sponsor, will be held Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club. It includes defending champion Graeme McDowell, along with three other Europeans who will be competing in Asia for the Race to Dubai in the weeks leading up to Woods event. Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are expected to play. Ernie Els is playing the World Challenge for the first time. Jason Day returns, though the Australian is making a rare trip Down Under this year to compete in World Cup at Royal Melbourne just two weeks before Woods tournament. The other Americans besides Woods are PGA champion Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker. "I think were all very surprised that weve got as many international players playing this year," Woods said during a conference call. "The American players have supported our event throughout the years. Obviously, its easier travel if youre based in the States. The guys who are playing in the Race to Dubai, its a bit more of a challenge to get them to play. But for some reason, this year weve had guys wanting to play and we have probably the best field weve had." The tournament will be played for the 15th time, and it means so much to Woods that last year he invested his own money belieeved to be about $4 million to help cover operating expenses and to make sure there would be enough proceeds to benefit his foundation.dddddddddddd One challenge this year was the new wraparound season on the PGA Tour, starting in October and ending with the Tour Championship next September. There are six tournaments the rest of this fall two in Asia that offer full FedEx Cup points and official money. Woods tournament is not official. It counts only toward the world ranking. And the total purse ($3.5 million) is smaller than any tournament on the PGA Tour or European Tour for the rest of 2013. That didnt seem to matter. "I think word has spread," Woods said. "Weve always treated players well there. Theyve had a great time. Its close enough to the following year where some of the guys want to try and experiment with a few things equipmentwise, club deal. They want to get a tournament in before they play Kapalua, the Hawaiian Open. Some of the guys have done that in the past. "Otherwise, weve had great American support," Woods said. "But its pretty incredible to get the international support weve gotten this year." Woods has only two tournaments remaining in 2013 Turkey and the World Challenge. Since the FedEx Cup began in 2007, thecent he has played after September was the Open in 2011, the year he missed the FedEx Cup playoffs because of injury. Woods still hasnt adjusted to the notion that a new season already is underway. "Some of the players were talking about that at the Presidents Cup," he said. "Its hard to believe the very next week is a tour event. We felt like we were still playing our season because we were still playing The Presidents Cup. I think its going to take a little bit of time to get accustomed to it." ' ' '
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