NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, March 12th)
Final Score: Minnesota 107, San Antonio 83
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Ricky Rubio tallied his first career
triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in the Minnesota
Timberwolves' 107-83 rout over the San Antonio Spurs.
J.J. Barea netted 17 points off the bench for Minnesota, which had dropped
eight of its last nine games coming in.
"It was a team win. We haven't shot the ball like that for a while. The second
quarter was great ... We played with a lot of confidence," Barea said.
San Antonio played Tuesday without forwards Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard and
guard Tony Parker because of injuries. None made the trip to Minneapolis.
Duncan and Leonard are each battling a sore left knee, while Parker has a
sprained left ankle that's expected to keep him out a few more weeks.
The Spurs listed all three with injuries, something the team did not do when
Duncan, Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green were held out of a nationally
televised game against Miami back in late November.
NBA commissioner David Stern slapped the San Antonio organization with a fine
of $250,000 for the November decision.
Cory Joseph tallied 15 points to lead the Spurs, who lost for the second time
in their last six.
"Minnesota was more aggressive than we were for more of the 48 minutes," Spurs
head coach Gregg Popovich said.
After the Spurs took a 28-24 lead after a quarter of play, the Wolves
outscored the Spurs 29-10 in the second to seize control of the contest.
The Wolves began the frame on a 21-6 run. They hit five 3-pointers during the
burst -- two by Alexey Shved and Barea -- while Rubio knocked down the fifth
one to conclude the surge and make it 45-34 in Minnesota's favor. Shved and
Barea netted eight points apiece during the swing.
Minnesota headed into the locker room with a 53-38 cushion and into the final
frame with a 77-60 spread. The Wolves' margin peaked at 29 in the fourth.
Shved tallied 16 points and seven assists ... San Antonio turned the ball
over 17 times, which led to 30 Minnesota points ... The Wolves were 12-of-20
from beyond the arc.
03/13 03:09:51 ET