West leads Pacers past Timberwolves, Ridnour named sportsmanship award finalist 17 Apr 12

Indianapolis, Ind. (AP) – David West had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-88 on Monday night for their fifth consecutive win.

Danny Granger scored 19 points, Paul George had 18 and Roy Hibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who solidified their grip on the No. 3 position in the Eastern Conference standings. Indiana scored at least 100 points for the 10th time in 11 games.

J.J. Barea had 14 points and nine assists and reserves Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams added 13 points each for Minnesota, which lost its 10th in a row. Kevin Love, one of the league’s top scorers and rebounders, sat out for the third consecutive game with a mild concussion and a neck strain.

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Ridnour named finalist for NBA sportsmanship award

Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour is one of six finalists for the NBA’s annual sportsmanship award.

The candidates were announced by the league on Monday, one for each of the six divisions.

The winner will be revealed after the regular season. The award is named after former Detroit Pistons star Joe Dumars and based on ethical behavior, fair play and integrity.

Ridnour, in his second year with the team, is currently out with a sprained right ankle. He’s averaging a career-high 12.1 points plus 2.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists and has started all 53 games he’s played in. He’s sixth in the league in free-throw percentage at 89.1