NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Minnesota
(Friday, November 30th)
Final Score: San Antonio 106, Minnesota 91
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili drained seven three-pointers and scored a season-high 31 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their seventh win in eight games, 106-91, over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ginobili hit 11-of-16 shots from the floor, including a torrid 7-for-9 performance from outside the three-point line in his 33 minutes off the bench as the Spurs recovered from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to record their second straight victory, and their 14th in 17 games to open the season.
"We did turn it on today," said Ginobili of the late surge. "But usually it's not easy to do. We let Minnesota get very confident. They were making really tough shots. We did turn it on today, but it's not easy to accomplish that, so we've really got to try to take care of business before (the fourth)."
Tim Duncan had 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Tony Parker had 17 to go with nine assists. San Antonio trailed throughout the first three quarters, but finished the game on a 40-11 run to provide the deceiving final count.
Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 23 points and 11 boards, but the T'Wolves folded easily in the fourth, scoring just 11 points en route to their fifth straight loss.
Sebastian Telfair had 17 points and Ryan Gomes finished with 14 for the Wolves, now 1-7 at home on the season.
"Anytime you get an opportunity to play against one of the top guys (Parker) in the league, you want to play your best," said Telfair.
Minnesota actually led 86-85 with just under 6:30 to go in the game following Antoine Walker's fast-break bucket. But San Antonio ran off 18 of the next 21 points to take a 104-89 lead, with Ginobili capping the run on his final three-ball of the night.
The T'Wolves opened an early 16-8 lead on their way to a 24-22 edge heading into the second quarter. Minnesota extended its edge to as many as eight, at 46-38, on Telfair's lay-in with 2:51 to go in the half, but the Spurs ran off a 10-2 spurt to finish the second and the game was tied at 48 at the break.
Ryan Gomes' three with just under five minutes to go in the third put the Wolves up 69-58, but San Antonio again closed the period strong, this time with an 8-0 run, and trailed just 80-74 heading into the fourth.
The Spurs shot 52.6 percent (40-for-76) for the game, including 12-for-24 from beyond the arc...Minnesota was called for 25 personal fouls to San Antonio's 13, but the Spurs still only shot 19 foul shots to the Wolves' 15.
11/30 23:09:48 ET