INDIANAPOLIS (Sporting Alert) — Mo Williams scored a career-high and franchise-record 52 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
Williams, who shot 19-of-33 from the floor, buried six 3-pointers in the game, while dishing out seven assists and grabbing four rebounds for the Timberwolves (6-31), who snapped a 15-game losing streak.
His game high record setting performance is also the most points scored by a single player in the NBA this season — improving the previous best of 46 points, held by both Carmelo Anthony of New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol.
Williams’ effort also bettered the previous franchise-record of 51 points done by both Kevin Love and Corey Brewer.
According to the stats gurus, Williams became the 7th NBA player to scored 50-points against the Pacers — joining the greats, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, George Gervin, Chris Webber, Bernard King and John Williamson.
Rookie forward Andrew Wiggins contributed 20 points and four assists and Thaddeus Young had 11 points, six rebounds and four steals in the victory.
Also supporting was Gorgui Dieng, who added 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks for Minnesota, which was collecting its first win since defeating the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 10.
C.J. Miles paced the Indiana Pacers (15-25) with 22 points, C.J. Watson added 17 and Rodney Stuckey collected 13 points off the bench on the defeat.
David West finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists and Luis Scola ended with 11 points and six rebounds and Roy Hibbert, who was ejected in the third quarter for a Flagrant 2 foul on Dieng — collected 10 points and eight boards for Indiana, which lost its second successive game and three of the last four.
Up next for Williams and Wolves is a visit to the Phoenix Suns on Friday, while the Pacers will play host to Detroit on the same night.