NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at San Antonio
(Monday, April 12th)
Final Score: San Antonio 133, Minnesota 111
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Keith Bogans hit five of San Antonio's 14 three-pointers for a team-high 17 points, as the Spurs rolled to a 133-111 victory over Minnesota, San Antonio's 12th straight win over the Timberwolves.
Tim Duncan logged 16 points and six rebounds, while Malik Hairston and Ian Mahinmi each netted 14 points off the bench for San Antonio, which finished up its slate at AT&T Center with a 29-12 record.
The Spurs will finish either sixth or seventh in the Western Conference. San Antonio is tied with Portland for sixth, but the Trail Blazers hold the tiebreaker by virtue of sweeping the season series. For the Spurs to claim the sixth spot, they have to win their final game, Wednesday in Dallas, and hope the Blazers lose later that evening against Golden State.
"This was a game that we needed to come out and take care of business and execute," San Antonio's Roger Mason said. "We did that so now we have to get ready for Dallas."
San Antonio also picked up win No. 50 for the 11th consecutive year.
Sasha Pavlovic had 16 points for the Timberwolves, who lost their final 12 road games for a 5-36 record away from the Target Center. Al Jefferson, Wayne Ellington and Ramon Sessions each ended with 13 points in defeat, Minnesota's 22nd in its last 23 games.
"I don't think anyone in the Western Conference wants to see them in the first round," Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis said of the Spurs. "Pop (Gregg Popovich) has them playing at a very high level right now, assuming everyone goes into the playoffs healthy. They have their system and they play hard; they also their inside out game. They have the ability to play big guys as well as small guys. They have a shot."
Minnesota went the final 5:42 of the first quarter without a field goal, allowing the Spurs to jump out to a 33-26 lead.
The visitors tied it up at 37 on Ellington's three-point play early in the second, but the Timberwolves again went the final five-plus minutes of the stanza without hitting a shot from the field.
Bogans hit back-to-back threes during the Spurs' 22-4 run to end the frame, and the 69-47 halftime margin increased to 98-74 heading to the fourth.
The final 12 minutes were played with the outcome already decided.
Minnesota hosts Detroit on Wednesday in its season finale...Minnesota's Kevin Love left the game in the fourth quarter with a hand injury...Matt Bonner and Roger Mason each had 13 points for the Spurs, who received a 12-point, seven- assist effort from Tony Parker...Richard Jefferson rounded out the Spurs' double-digit scorers with 11 points.
04/13 01:57:53 ET