NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Minnesota
(Friday, March 12th)
Final Score: San Antonio 103, Minnesota 85
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson and George Hill each scored 19 points and the Spurs beat Minnesota for the 11th straight time, pulling away for a 103-85 victory at the Target Center.
Tim Duncan posted 15 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs, who won for the fifth time in six games and continue to hold on to the seventh spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Jefferson had nine boards and Hill dished out eight assists for San Antonio, which hasn't lost to the Timberwolves since January 3, 2007. Hill started in place again for Tony Parker, who sat out his third straight contest with a broken right ring finger.
"We know he's a very capable scorer," San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili said of Hill. "We've been doing it behind Tony a lot of games. Now he's taking over, playing more minutes. He's playing with more confidence."
Wayne Ellington tied a career-high with 17 points in a reserve role for Minnesota, which lost its eighth in a row. Al Jefferson tallied 13 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves (14-52), who continue to hold the worst record in the Western Conference. They've lost 14 of their last 15 contests.
"We came out and played real aggressive with a lot of energy, having fun. We came out after halftime kind of dead," Ellington said. "If we put that second half on, we'll definitely see a win. It'll make everybody feel better."
Down 22-21 after the first quarter, the Timberwolves surged ahead by as many as six in the second. Ryan Gomes hit a pair of free throws for a 35-29 lead with 7:46 left in the half.
The Spurs later hit the Timberwolves with an 18-4 burst, moving ahead 51-41 on a Duncan layup with a minute left in the half. Hill scored eight during the flurry, and the Spurs held a 51-43 edge at the break.
San Antonio opened the second half on an 8-0 spurt and maintained the double- digit advantage the rest of the night. It was 73-58 moving to the fourth and the largest lead was 23, the last time at 98-75 with under three minutes remaining.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love didn't play due to a sprained left foot...Minnesota's Ryan Hollins sat out the final portion of his two-game suspension...Darko Milicic had 12 points and Ramon Sessions 10 for the Timberwolves...Keith Bogans had 10 points for the Spurs, who went 5-of-22 from beyond the arc.
03/12 23:05:31 ET