Final Score: San Antonio 106, Minnesota 88
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker scored 20 points and dished out
six assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 106-88 win over the Minnesota
Timberwolves on Sunday
Gary Neal added 15 points, Tim Duncan added 12 points, nine rebounds, seven
blocked shots and five assists, and Manu Ginobili finished with 12 points for
the Spurs, who have won 12 straight games at the AT&T Center.
"This is what you call 'The Dog Days' right around now. Guys are a little
tired. Our schedule is a little tough, but we're working through it," Duncan
said. "We're winning games. We're fighting. We're not playing as well as we
want to, but we're trying to get back to where we feel like we have a good
J.J. Barea scored 15 points, Nikola Pekovic added 14 and Luke Ridnour chipped
in with 13 points and six assists for the Timberwolves, who haven't won in San
Antonio since the 2003-04 season.
"We couldn't knock down shots and (their bench) did a good job with their
energy, getting some opportunities for them and getting them back in a
rhythm," said Wolves active head coach Terry Porter.
The Spurs led 78-71 entering the fourth quarter, but quickly pushed their lead
to 90-75 following a 12-4 run. Minnesota scored the next five points to cut it
to 90-80 with seven minutes left, but San Antonio responded with a 9-0 push,
capped with Stephen Jackson's triple with 5 1/2 minutes left.
The Wolves didn't get closer than 15 the rest of the way en route to their
ninth loss in 13 tries.
The teams traded blows early until an 8-1 swing gave Minnesota a 16-7 lead
midway through the first quarter.
San Antonio, though, outscored the Wolves 17-5 the rest of the way to take a
24-21 lead after the first 12 minutes.
The Spurs' lead swelled to 36-25 following Jackson's trey at the nine minute
mark, but the Wolves were able to trim the deficit to 38-35 after Barea
drilled a triple 1 1/2 minutes later.
San Antonio was able to push its cushion to 50-43 with 3:24 remaining in the
first half, but Minnesota's 7-2 surge cut the lead to 52-50 with 26 seconds
Danny Green, though, nailed a 71-foot buzzer beater to send the Spurs into the
break with a 55-50 lead.
Minnesota scored the first four points of the third quarter to make it 55-54,
but the Spurs responded with an 11-0 run to go up 65-54. The Wolves managed to
cut the lead to four three times in the frame, but didn't get closer the
rest of the way.
The Spurs outscored the Wolves, 54-34, in the paint ... San Antonio shot 56.3
percent (45-for-80) from the floor while holding Minnesota to 37.1 percent
(33-for-89) percent efficiency from the field ... Minnesota was without head
coach Rick Adelman for the fourth straight game. Adelman is taking time off to
deal with a personal matter.
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