NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Minnesota
(Wednesday, November 5th)
Final Score: San Antonio 129, Minnesota 125 (2 OT)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Tony Parker was unstoppable en route to dropping a career-high 55 points, including nine in the second overtime, as the San Antonio Spurs made their first win of the season a memorable one with a 129-125 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Parker connected on 22-of-36 shots from the floor and dished out 10 assists while bringing down seven rebounds for the Spurs, who had lost their opening three games for the first time since an 0-4 start to the 1973-74 campaign.
"It was just one of those games where everything you do works," Parker said. "Everyone knows if I make my jump shot then I can do whatever I want, and tonight was just one of those games where everything was working."
Tim Duncan woke up from a lackluster first half to post 30 points and 16 rebounds, while Roger Mason chipped in 26 points off the bench for the victors.
Al Jefferson was a force in the post with 30 points and 14 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to stop the Timberwolves from dropping their third straight.
Mike Miller hit 5-of-7 from three-point range for 25 points, while Corey Brewer and Kevin Love added 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the setback.
The Spurs failed to score in the opening 2:40 of the first overtime, but Duncan's turnaround jumper with 51.5 seconds left capped a 6-0 run for a 112-110 lead.
A flurry of fouls and solid free throw shooting resulted in a tie game with 7.4 ticks left. Minnesota went to Jefferson down on the left block and his unorthodox hook shot over Duncan put the T-Wolves ahead 116-114 with 2.5 seconds showing.
"[Minnesota] played a great game and made some big shots," Duncan said. "Al [Jefferson] was great out there. He made some great shots out there to keep them in the game."
The Spurs called a timeout and drew up a play for Parker, who beat his defender off the dribble and hit a jumper from just inside the three-point line as time expired to send the game into another five-minute session.
Mason and Parker hit back-to-back field goals to put San Antonio ahead by four with less than 1 1/2 minutes remaining.
Randy Foye hit a three-pointer to make it a one-point game several possessions later, but it was the last field goal Minnesota hit, as Parker made 3-of-4 from the foul line down the stretch to cap his career game.
"We fought and played a great game," a dejected Miller said. "Tony Parker really played great and Tim Duncan of course played great. At the end of the day it's a loss, and we have to come back tomorrow and get ready for this [three-game] road trip."
Miller and Parker carried their respective teams in an otherwise offense- starved first quarter. Miller logged 12 points and Parker dropped 11 as the clubs went into the second locked at 18 apiece.
The supporting casts came to life in the next stanza with the Timberwolves bench getting the better of their counterparts to lead 49-45 at intermission.
The combination of Jefferson and Love on the blocks helped the T-Wolves take a 57-48 lead early in the third, but a subsequent 9-2 run by the suddenly hot Spurs made it a two-point game.
San Antonio made 10 consecutive shots -- three from Parker -- to take a 74-71 advantage heading to the final session.
The Spurs picked up right where they left off, and Duncan's jumper from the top of the key three minutes into the frame pushed the visitors ahead, 82-75.
Miller's three-pointer with 6 1/2 minutes left energized the crowd and spear- headed a 9-2 spurt for Minnesota that tied the game at 90.
A back-and-forth affair ensued, and Parker put the Spurs ahead, 104-103, with 33.5 seconds remaining on an 18-footer. At the other end, Sebastian Telfair penetrated and gave Love a bounce pass on the right block, and the rookie finished strong over Duncan for yet another lead change with 17.7 ticks left.
Parker missed a go-ahead runner, but Jefferson made just 1-of-2 from the line before "The Big Fundamental" knotted things at 106 with his patented six-foot bank shot with 2.7 seconds showing on the clock.
Bruce Bowen stole the ensuing inbounds pass, only to have Parker miss a three as time expired to send the game into the game's first overtime.
Telfair made his season debut for Minnesota after serving a three-game suspension for pleading guilty to a weapons possession charge in the offseason. The guard finished with eight points and 10 assists off the bench...The Spurs have won six straight games against the Timberwolves and 11 of the last 12 encounters in the series...Foye logged 11 points, nine assists and five rebounds in the loss.
11/06 00:29:55 ET