SAN Antonio made up for a poor defensive showing early to lock down Minnesota’s gunners late as the Spurs pulled away with a 122-114 victory over the Timberwolves at the AT&T Center on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
After giving up 71 points in the first half, the Spurs turned up the defense especially late in the third when San Antonio came back from 90-83 deficit with a 22-3 blitz bridging the final two quarters and held down Minnesota to a single field goal in a five-minute span.
The Spurs held 12 point lead midway through the fourth and the Timberwolves tried to rally back, cutting the gap to seven with over four minutes to play, But San Antonio again limited Minnesota without a basket in a span of two minutes while pulling away with an 8-1 run late to secure the win.
Kawhi Leonard had an all-around outing with 34 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Spurs to a 39-1 card. It was Leonard’s fourth straight game scoring at least 30 points.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 markers, while Tony Parker and Patty Mills chipped in 14 and 11, respectively.
Minnesota had six players in double figures, including all starters, but still lost their second in a row and fell to 14-28. Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio both had double-doubles as Towns ended up with 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Rubio added 21 markers and 14 assists. Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng added 18 and 17 points, respectively.