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Thursday, December 15th (All times eastern)

San Antonio Spurs (17-4) at Minnesota Timberwolves (12-8), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves attempt to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak when they welcome the defending world champion San Antonio Spurs tonight to the Target Center.

Minnesota will try and bounce back from a tough loss as it plays the finale of a brief two-game homestand. On Tuesday, Bonzi Wells buried a three-point shot at the buzzer to lift the Sacramento Kings to a 93-91 win over the Timberwolves at the Target Center.

Wally Szczerbiak poured in 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Kevin Garnett netted 22 in the loss to Sacramento for the Timberwolves, who suffered their second straight heartbreaking defeat. They lost 90-89 in overtime at Philadelphia Monday night.

Marko Jaric also reached double figures with 16 points, while Trenton Hassell scored 12 and Mark Madsen grabbed 10 rebounds during Tuesday's defeat.

Minnesota guard Troy Hudson (calf) is questionable for tonight's game. He has missed four straight contests with the injury.

The Timberwolves are 7-3 as the host this season.

San Antonio tries to win back-to-back games. On Tuesday, Tim Duncan had 27 points and 22 rebounds, and overcame a horrible night at the foul line, as the Spurs beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 95-87, in overtime at the SBC Center.

Tony Parker added 25 points, while Michael Finley contributed seven of his season-best 21 points in overtime and finished with 10 rebounds in the win over the Clippers for the Spurs, who have won seven of their last eight games overall.

San Antonio, which played without Manu Ginobili, beat the Clippers for the eighth straight time. Ginobili was out with a sprained right foot and is doubtful for tonight's game.

The Spurs are 7-3 on the road this season.

San Antonio has won four of the last six meetings in this series. The Spurs have lost two straight after winning their last two at Minnesota.

12/15 10:22:28 ET


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