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        === Smoke shouldn't be an issue this time for Wolves, Spurs ===
 (  - The  last  time  the San  Antonio  Spurs and  Minnesota
 Timberwolves were scheduled to play, a fire broke out in Mexico City Arena.
 The two teams will get together Friday in the Alamo City.
 An  hour  before the Spurs and  Timberwolves were set to  tip off on Dec. 4, a
 generator  malfunction  occurred and filled  the venue with smoke. Players and
 fans  were immediately  evacuated  from  the arena  and  team personnel  began
 loading gear into each team's respective bus soon thereafter.
 The  game,  part of  the NBA's  Global Games  international initiative, is the
 first  scheduled by  the league in Mexico since Dallas and Houston squared off
 on Dec. 6, 1997.
 The  T'Wolves and  Spurs split four meetings  a season ago and will play three
 times  in 2013-14.  San Antonio has won  19 of the last 23 overall meetings in
 this series. Minnesota has lost 16 of 17 and 20 of its last 24 at the Spurs.
 San  Antonio is back home briefly and posted a 109-77 beating of the Milwaukee
 Bucks on Wednesday at the Bradley Center. Tim Duncan contributed 21 points and
 16 rebounds in just 24 minutes. Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard netted 15 and 13
 points, respectively, for the Spurs, winners in 15 of the last 18 games.
 The Spurs led by as many as 38 points.
 "Every  game we go  into we don't worry so much about who we're playing," said
 Duncan.  "It was a  good focus night for us, a good execution night for us. We
 came with the right energy."
 Marco  Belinelli  had 11  points in  the victory, while  Cory Joseph and Danny
 Green scored 10 apiece. Spurs center Tiago Splitter missed his second straight
 game due to tightness in his left calf and is questionable Friday.
 After  hosting the Timberwolves,  the Spurs, who are 8-2 at home, will start a
 four-game  road trip  Saturday against Utah, the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix
 and Golden State.
 Minnesota  will try  for its first three-game winning streak since opening the
 season  with a  trio of victories. The Wolves recently handed the Philadelphia
 76ers a 106-99 setback on Wednesday and were led by Kevin Love's 26 points and
 15 rebounds.
 Ricky  Rubio ended with  21 points and Nikola Pekovic added 20 and 10 rebounds
 for  Minnesota,  which trailed  by a  39-20 score after  the first quarter and
 scored  27 points off 26 Philadelphia turnovers. Minnesota is 11-6 this season
 when scoring 100-plus points.
 "When you can erase a lead like that, the momentum is going in our favor, it's
 like a boulder rolling down a hill," Wolves reserve guard Robbie Hummel said.
 Hummel had 10 points off the bench.
 The  Wolves will  start a  three-game road  trip Friday  against San  Antonio,
 Memphis and Boston, and are 4-7 outside the Target Center.
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