San Antonio Spurs Crush Minnesota Timberwolves with Balanced Effort

By Jay Desai

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The San Antonio Spurs got back to their winning ways on Sunday, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-97 in the final game of their six-game home-stand.

The Spurs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back, finding themselves ahead of the Timberwolves for the entire night on their way to a wire-to-wire victory.

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(22) shoots the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves center

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(5) defends during the second half at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 123-97. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio put on a passing clinic on their way to the win, picking up an incredible 38 assists in the game. Minnesota passed the ball around to the tune of 25 assists.

Passing was not the only area the Spurs excelled in, however. San Antonio’s defense was also very strong as they held the Timberwolves to 44.2% shooting in the game. That was in stark contrast to the Spurs who shot a great 58.3% from the field.

The Spurs were sharp from beyond the arc as well, going 12-of-22 from three-point land. Minnesota was also good from deep, finishing just a shade under 50% at 7-of-16.

In addition to out-passing and out-shooting Minnesota, San Antonio out-rebounded the Timberwolves 42 to 40. The Spurs dominated Minnesota in the paint as well, out-scoring the Timberwolves 54-40 down low.

Offensively, San Antonio was extremely well-balanced with eight players finishing in double-figures scoring. Leading the way of that group was Kawhi Leonard with 15 points, six rebounds, and five steals. Tim Duncan also played well despite only being on the floor for about 23 minutes, 10 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

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The Timberwolves effort was led by Kevin Martin who scored a game-high 19 points. Zach LaVine was solid as well, 18 points, six rebounds, and six assists.

While San Antonio improved to 41-24 on the season, they did so in the process of losing Manu Ginobili who left the game with a sprained ankle. Minnesota fell to 14-51 overall with the loss.

Next up for the Spurs is the first of a five-game road trip which starts on Tuesday against the New York Knicks. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CT start.

What do you think of San Antonio’s win over the Timberwolves? How much will Ginobili’s injury affect the team moving forward? Let us know in the comments!