Spurs Make A Statement in Blowout Win Over Timberwolves

By Jay Desai

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The San Antonio Spurs got a huge statement win on Saturday night, routing the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road 108-93.

The Spurs took an early 7-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, leading the rest of the game after that point.

Jan 10, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard

Danny Green

(14) goes up for a layup past Minnesota Timberwolves center

Gorgui Dieng

(5) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio, although short-handed without Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, or Kawhi Leonard, used great defense to take control of the game early.

That great defense was the theme throughout the game as the Spurs forced the Timberwolves to shoot just 39.5% in the game. San Antonio shot 48.8%, just for measure.

The Spurs also won the rebounding battle, 45-42, and the turnover battle, forcing Minnesota into 13 giveaways compared to San Antonio’s 11.

A well-rounded attack was once again the story for the Spurs as six San Antonio players finished in double figures.

Austin Daye, surprisingly, led the offensive attack for the Spurs, scoring a game high 22 in a start. Daye also grabbed 10 rebounds giving him a double-double.

Patty Mills, who came off the bench, also played well, contributing 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

The Timberwolves were led by their youngsters, Gorgui Dieng, Zach LaVine, and Andrew Wiggins. Dieng and Wiggins had 18 points each while LaVine scored a team high 19 points off the bench.

With the win the Spurs won third game in 2015, improving to 3-1 in the new year. San Antonio now stands at an overall record of 23-15.

The game was a huge statement win for the Spurs who had been struggling as of late, only 5-5 in their previous 10 games.

For the Minnesota, their downward spiral continued with the loss. The Timberwolves have now lost 15 in a row, their last win being a December 10th win versus the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Next up for the Spurs is a trip to the nation’s capitol to take on the Washington Wizards.Not only will San Antonio face Washington but they will also make a trip to the White House to receive their congratulations from President Barack Obama for their NBA Title they won last season.

The game against the Wizards is on Tuesday and scheduled for a 6 p.m. CT start time.

What do you think about the Spurs blowout win over the Timberwolves? How encouraging is the win? Let us know in the comments!

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