San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Takeaways and Star Performer

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs (25-5) took care of business as they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-83 on Wednesday night. San Antonio used a 52-38 halftime lead to take control of the contest. Minnesota never led in the contest.

San Antonio shot 54 percent from the field and made 10-0f-24 from downtown. Five Spurs scored in double-figures. Zach LaVine led the Timberwolves with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting off the bench. The Spurs have now won seven straight games.

Key Takeaways

Kawhi Leonard leads way

This has become a routine. Kawhi Leonard has been as consistent of a small forward as anyone can ask for. The 24-year-old plays both sides of the ball and is an efficient player. Leonard led the way with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Andrew Wiggins went for 10 points on 2-0f-11 shooting. Once again Leonard shuts down a talented scorer.

Second-unit forwards get job done

Kyle Anderson had one of his strongest games of the season on Wednesday. Anderson wound up with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists. David West scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Boris Diaw scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting. The trio shot a combined 14-of-19 from the floor.

Tony Parker continues hot shooting

Tony Parker’s numbers don’t jump at you, unless you look closely. On the season Parker is averaging 13.1 points and five assists. One thing people don’t notice is that he is shooting 56 percent from the floor. Despite being a point guard he’s tied for 4th in field goal percentage in the league.

Star Performer

Kawhi Leonard was the star of the night. Not only did he scored 19 points on 50 percent shooting, he shut down Wiggins. Wiggins is averaging 20.9 points this season.


Manu Ginobili had eight points and four assists in 16 minutes.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes.

-Spurs committed 17 turnovers

Danny Green had 11 points on 3-of-4 three-pointers.