NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Minnesota
(Wednesday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 103, San Antonio 101 (OT)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Mark Blount shot 12-of-14 from the field for 28 points, as the Minnesota Timberwolves edged the San Antonio Spurs, 103-101 in overtime, at the Target Center.
Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 17 rebounds while Randy Foye netted 19 for the T'wolves, who have won two in a row and three of their last four games. Trenton Hassell added 11 points and eight boards in the victory.
"It was a good win for us," said Garnett. "It was the kind of game I expected. Defensive terms, both teams making stops. We lost the first game but we knew we were able to do a lot of things we wanted to do offensively. We moved the ball and passed the ball."
Manu Ginobili chipped in 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Tim Duncan poured in 24 points and 13 boards for the Spurs, who have lost two straight and three of their last five contests. Tony Parker donated 19 points in the loss.
"It was a great game," said San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich. "Both teams gave a great effort. We played a real spirited, physical game. It was a great win for them and a tough loss for us."
A pair from the charity stripe from Garnett with 59 seconds to play in the extra session gave the Timberwolves a 103-98 lead.
After Parker missed a free throw, he went on to hit his next three from the line, spanning 20 seconds, drawing the Spurs within 103-101 with 34.2 seconds on the clock.
Ricky Davis missed a shot but Hassell grabbed the offensive rebound and San Antonio couldn't foul as the game ended.
Trailing 81-71 heading into the fourth quarter, the Spurs opened the stanza with a 15-7 rally, including seven points from Ginobili, cutting the deficit to 88-86 with 6:48 remaining.
Blount's hook pushed the lead to four but Ginobili drained a three on the other end with just over four minutes to play.
Duncan's layup with 53.6 seconds left gave the Spurs their first lead, 91-90, since the opening frame.
However, the lead was short-lived as Garnett's three-point play with 34.8 on the clock put the T'wolves back in front 93-91.
Ginobili, who netted 12 in the fourth quarter, drove to the hoop for a layup, which tied the game at 93 with 28.3 ticks left.
Matt Bonner's three as time expired rimmed out, sending the game to overtime. San Antonio outscored Minnesota 22-12 in the fourth.
A pair of Duncan free throws gave the Spurs a 14-13 lead, but the Timberwolves closed the first quarter with an 18-6 run, including nine points from Hassell, for a 31-20 lead.
Parker's layup narrowed the gap to 39-35, but Minnesota once again finished the quarter strongly. This time the T'wolves used a 16-4 burst, capped by Foye's jumper, extending the margin 55-39. However, Bonner nailed a three as time expired, cutting the deficit to 55-42 at the half.
Davis finished with eight points and seven assists...Bonner had 10 points and five rebounds...Minnesota shot 48 percent from the field, while the Spurs connected on 43 percent of their shots from the floor...The T'wolves snapped a five-game losing streak to San Antonio.
01/03 23:56:57 ET