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Minnesota at San Antonio

Spurs surpass Timberwolves despite Love's 42 points

CBSSports.com wire reports

SAN ANTONIO -- Having no answer for Kevin Love for three-and-a-half quarters, the San Antonio Spurs made Minnesotasolve their Big 3. The Timberwolves failed.

Tony Parker had 29 points to offset Love's season-high 42 points and San Antonio rallied for a 117-110 victory over Minnesota on Friday night.

Manu Ginobili had 20 points and nine assists, fueling a 37-21 fourth quarter that helped the Spurs avoid their second home loss this season. Tim Duncan added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have won three NBA titles together and are the active leaders for wins as a trio. That experience paid off against the Timberwolves, who have not made the playoffs since 2005.

"It's got to show up somewhere," Duncan said of the trio's experience. "If you want to call it that, it is what it is. We know what's going on out there, especially when it gets down to crunch time and things really count. We've made plays long enough that we know where each other is going to be."

Ginobili and Parker combined to score San Antonio's final points in a 26-12 closing run, and teamed with Duncan to dish out all but one of the team's final five assists and seven of its last 11 rebounds.

"We know what they're capable of and when you get them into a two- or three-minute game, they're incredible," Love said. "They've played together for a very long time, but they just made plays and we missed shots that we usually make."

Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli had 12 points apiece for San Antonio.

Nikola Pekovic had 18 points, Ricky Rubio added 15 points and Kevin Martin had 14 for Minnesota, which had won two straight.

Ginobili scored 16 points in the final quarter, helping San Antonio overcome a lethargic start. His reverse layup with 2 minutes remaining extended San Antonio's lead to 111-108.

"Manu is playing great," Parker said. "He's got his legs. He looks like he's fresh and he's making his shots. In the fourth quarter, he was very aggressive. That was big for us."

Parker was just as big, making his only 3-point attempt of the quarter while scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

"That's why he is one of the best in the league, and that's why he almost won (the NBA title) by himself last year with the Spurs," Rubio said. "Right now, he's one of the top two or top three point guards in the league."

San Antonio needed the trio's contributions to offset Love. He was 8 for 9 on 3-pointers and had 14 rebounds.

He had 26 points after halftime, nearly besting his previous season-high of 34 in the second half alone.

"He shot the ball incredibly," Duncan said. "He made some tough ones and just kept on going. Boris did a great job in the last six minutes of really getting onto him and making him do something else. It changed the game a little bit for us."

Love's final points came on a pair of free throw with 6 minutes remaining and his last basket was on a dunk 41 seconds earlier.

Leonard scored nine straight points midway through the third quarter, keeping San Antonio in the game while Minnesota got hot behind the 3-point line.

The Timberwolves were 6 for 12 on 3s in the third, making three consecutive attempts to take a 79-75 lead with 4 minutes left.

Love had the opening and closing 3s in the run, finishing with 19 points in the third quarter. He was 5 for 6 on 3s in the period, and 7 for 9 overall as Diaw, Jeff Ayres and all the help defense the Spurs provided failed to slow him.

"He is a great player," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "When you can play inside and outside the way he does, he is a tough cover. I think we could have done a better job. I thought we made some really fundamental errors in guarding him, but, be that as it may, he is a monster."


Spurs centers Tiago Splitter (tightness left calf) and Aron Baynes (calf strain) both sat out. ... Minnesota F Chase Budinger (knee surgery) missed the game, as did C Ronny Turiaf (fractured right elbow). ... Entering Friday's game, San Antonio leads the league in assists, averaging 25.0 per game. ... Entering Friday's game, a quarter of Corey Brewer's 114 baskets for Minnesota this season had come on dunks. He is shooting 45 percent from the field.

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Tony Parker scores 29 points for the Spurs, helping offset a monster night from Minnesota's Kevin Love. (USATSI)
Tony Parker scores 29 points for the Spurs, helping offset a monster night from Minnesota's Kevin Love. (USATSI)
Minnesota (11-12)30243521110
San Antonio (18-4) «27351837117
MIN:K. Love 42 Pts
MIN:K. Love 14 Reb
MIN:R. Rubio 8 Ast
SA:T. Parker 29 Pts
SA:T. Duncan 14 Reb
SA:M. Ginobili 9 Ast
Players of the Game
MinnesotaSan Antonio

Kevin Love

Tony Parker

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K. Love, PF3915-274-4142042
N. Pekovic, C377-134-4111218
C. Brewer, SF363-93-42229
R. Rubio, PG365-135-648215
K. Martin, SG334-124-424014
D. Cunningham, SF200-10-04210
J. Barea, PG122-71-21225
L. Mbah a Moute, SF100-10-01010
A. Shved, PG92-32-21127
R. Hummel, SF70-20-01000
R. Turiaf, CDid Not Play
C. Budinger, SFDid Not Play
A. Price, PGDid Not Play
G. Dieng, CDid Not Play
S. Muhammad, SFDid Not Play
Totals 38-8823-26412212110
San Antonio
T. Parker, PG3613-241-136129
T. Duncan, PF355-112-2148212
K. Leonard, SF348-110-065219
J. Ayres, PF201-30-08042
D. Green, SF110-20-00010
B. Diaw, PF296-110-032312
M. Belinelli, SG285-90-021012
M. Ginobili, SG256-106-849120
M. Bonner, PF82-20-01015
P. Mills, PG71-22-21024
C. Joseph, PG51-20-00112
T. Splitter, CDid Not Play
N. De Colo, PGDid Not Play
A. Baynes, PFDid Not Play
Totals 48-8711-13423218117
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Char 94 Final
Ind 99
Cle 109 Final
Orl 100
Phi 100 Final
Tor 108
Wash 99 Final
Atl 101
NY 86 Final
Bos 90
Brook 99 Final
Det 103
Mem 98 Final
NO 104
LAL 97 Final
OKC 122
Chi 91 Final
Mil 90
Utah 103 Final
Den 93
Sac 107 Final
Pho 116
Hou 116 Final
GS 112