Roy Hibbert knew he was going to get the ball. It was just up to him what he was going to do with it.

It’s been a slow process for the Indiana Pacers’ center to playing up to expectations - a process that has stretch over the course of much of the season.

However, when teammate Paul George told him before the game he was getting the ball, Hibbert capitalized by scoring a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 107-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night…

Hibbert is just a piece of the puzzle and starting to fit in place quite comfortably. Along with the season-best scoring night, had nine offensive boards and four blocks.

”Roy Hibbert was the star of the game,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ”He was dominant at both ends. You can see in his body language he is playing more confident.”

George had 17 points and George Hill added 16 points with six assists to help the Pacers get their second win in three games and remain in the hunt with the New York Knicks for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Ricky Rubio had 21 points and 10 assists and Luke Ridnour scored 17 points for the Timberwolves, who have lost nine of their last 11 games.

– Reported by Jim Johnson of the Associated Press