NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at San Antonio
(Wednesday, December 13th)
Final Score: San Antonio 95, Minnesota 82
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored 24 points and led a suffocating San Antonio defense in the second half, as the Spurs beat Minnesota, 95-82, to beat the Timberwolves for a fifth straight time.
Tony Parker added 23 points for the Spurs, who limited Minnesota to a season- low 26 points in the second half. Meanwhile, San Antonio came back from a 16- point first-half deficit to win for the sixth time in seven games.
Manu Ginobili had 12 points for the Spurs, who forced 23 turnovers, leading to 26 points.
"It was a totally different game and team in the second half," Ginobili said. "We struggled a lot in the first half. We played with no energy and no edge. It was great to see the team come out in the third quarter so aggressive and try and change the game."
Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Minnesota, which had a four-game winning streak broken. Mark Blount also had 19 points and Randy Foye contributed 15 points and seven assists in a losing cause.
"We need to get into our sets quicker and guards need to work better on getting open starting at the free throw line running into our press offense," Foye said. "We did some really good things in the first half, up by 16 but that doesn't mean anything if you don't sustain that into the second half."
Marko Jaric's jumper gave the T'Wolves a 74-73 lead in the opening minute of the fourth, but then the wheels fell off for Minnesota. Ten straight points by the Spurs moved their lead to 87-75 with 3:36 left.
The Spurs led 19-10 in the opening quarter, but the Timberwolves scored the next eight and eventually led, 28-26, after 12 minutes.
Minnesota widened its lead to 54-38 with 1:46 left in the half following a Garnett free throw, but San Antonio pulled within 56-48 at the break.
The Timberwolves led by as many as nine in the third, but fell behind 73-71 going into the fourth.
The Spurs have won six straight home games against Minnesota...The last three seasons and counting at the AT&T Center the Spurs have posted an incredible 113-21 mark, which is best in the NBA...Minnesota was 1-for-11 from three- point range, compared to 8-of-15 for San Antonio.
12/13 23:26:25 ET