NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Minnesota
(Friday, December 12th)
Final Score: San Antonio 98, Minnesota 86
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace the San Antonio Spurs to a 98-86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Tony Parker also finished with 17 points and added nine assists, while Manu Ginobili scored 16 for the Spurs, who have won five in a row. Michael Finley and Matt Bonner each contributed 12 points for San Antonio, which started the season 2-5 but has since gone 12-3.
"After playing a game like double overtime (against Dallas), we needed to have high energy," Ginobili said. "Today we knew it was a lot about intensity. We didn't (get offensive boards) in the first half. I think we accomplished our goal in the second half. "
Al Jefferson finished with a game-high 29 points and 13 boards for the Timberwolves, who have gone 0-3 since Kevin McHale took over as head coach. Minnesota, which fired Randy Wittman on Monday, has lost eight in a row overall. Randy Foye added 19 points, while Kevin Love grabbed 10 boards to go with four points.
"(We missed) some opportunities on the offensive end, some easy baskets that we normally make," said Minnesota forward Craig Smith. "They got out in transition, and we weren't able to get back. That was the biggest problem: easy misses."
The teams were tied 19-19 after one quarter and 41-41 at halftime, but the Spurs pulled away in the third.
Parker had a free throw before Ginobili added a bucket and a free throw to provide San Antonio with a 53-47 lead, with just under five minutes left in the stanza.
San Antonio continued to hold the slight lead until ending the quarter with a pair of George Hill free throws and Finley three-pointer. The five points gave the Spurs a 66-57 edge going into the fourth, which Parker opened with a pair of foul shots to give San Antonio a double-digit lead.
Parker shortly thereafter added three layups for 74-59 Spurs lead, and Minnesota didn't get its deficit into single digits until the club ripped off seven consecutive points.
Jefferson had the first four, and Foye ended the brief burst with a bucket to get the Timberwolves within 76-67 with just under seven minutes on the clock.
But Bonner countered with a triple, the start of a 10-2 run for the Spurs. Parker's basket ended it for an 86-69 lead with a bit under five minutes to play, and San Antonio held on for the win from there.
The Spurs shot 46.8 percent from the field, while Minnesota made 40.9 percent of its shots...The Timberwolves made just 2-of-6 three-point attempts.
12/12 23:06:27 ET