NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at San Antonio
(Saturday, January 28th)
Final Score: San Antonio 102, Minnesota 88
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan had 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-88 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the AT&T Center.
Tony Parker scored 25 points and Manu Ginobili returned to action with 14 points for the Spurs, who have won three straight contests. Ginobili missed three games with a sprained ankle.
Kevin Garnett contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds while Ricky Davis netted 20 in his second game with the Timberwolves, who have lost four of their last five games. Mark Blount added 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Davis and Blount came to Minnesota Thursday along with guard Marcus Banks, forward Justin Reed and a pair of conditional draft picks in exchange for forward Wally Szczerbiak, center Michael Olowokandi and Dwayne Jones and a first-round draft choice.
"It was a great win for us out there tonight," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. "We did a good job on the boards, especially in the second half. Duncan and Parker kept it going all night long and Manu finished the game off."
After trailing by as many as eight in the fourth stanza, the T'Wolves cut the deficit to 85-81 on a pair of Eddie Griffin free throws with 6:32 to play.
However, San Antonio took command of the game with a 13-1 run. Bruce Bowen's shot from long distance with 2:21 remaining gave the Spurs a comfortable 98-82 lead.
The Spurs shot 47 percent from the field, while the Timberwolves connected on 50 percent of their shots.
Behind six points apiece from Parker and Duncan, San Antonio led 19-18 after the first quarter. Both teams began the game cold, as the Spurs shot 26 percent in the first 12 minutes while Minnesota connected on 33 percent of its shots.
With the Spurs leading 26-24, San Antonio went on a 14-5 run capped by Rasho Nesterovic's jumper with 5:08 left in the second period, to extend the lead to 40-29. The Timberwolves responded with an 8-2 spurt and trailed 47-42 at the half.
A pair of Bowen free throws gave San Antonio a 57-50 edge with 7:09 left in the third quarter, but Minnesota countered with a 10-5 streak and pulled within 62-60 on Blount's basket. The Spurs held a 73-67 advantage heading into the final frame.
The Spurs won the rebounding battle, 44-36...The Spurs will take to the road for an eight-game trip over 23 days. The team will not return home until hosting Seattle on February 21...San Antonio has won three straight meetings in the series...Minnesota has lost five consecutive in San Antonio...The Timberwolves committed 16 turnovers...San Antonio is 21-3 at home, while Minnesota is 7-14 on the road.
01/29 01:04:49 ET