Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways and Star Performer

By Michael Rehome

The San Antonio Spurs (27-6) were without a key piece in their lineup as Tim Duncan missed his first game of the season due to a sore knee.

With Duncan out, 7-foot-3 rookie Boban Marjanovic split minutes with David West as he finished with 17 points while staying perfect from the floor hitting all seven of his attempts in the Spurs 101-95 win against Minnesota at the AT&T Center.

The win continues to make history for the Spurs at home as they now move to 18-0. San Antonio joined the ranks with the 1978 Portland Trailblazers and the 1986 Houston Rockets to become the only teams in Western Conference History to open the season at 18-0 at home.

Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Leonard had a tough task at hand as he was battling with the Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins whom finished with 18 points and six rebounds.

Key Takeaways

Boban Marjanovic Delivers

The Spurs Marjanovic made most of his minutes against the Timberwolves and was a key piece in the win. He sparked two big runs for the Spurs to continue their success at home and extending their winning streak to 27 games dating back to last season.

Andrew Wiggins Is Special

When you have a chance to play against the leagues best and perform at a high-level that is something special. For Wiggins he had a challenge ahead of him playing against the Spurs Kawhi Leonard. Leonard being the defensive stopper that he is had trouble against Wiggins. Wiggins finished with 18 points to lead the Timberwolves on 8-of-18 shooting from the field.

–No Pop, No Problem

Gregg Popovich was ejected with 1:13 left in the first half against Minnesota. Popovich was irate after a non-call on LaMarcus Aldridge.

Star Performer

Boban Marjanovic gets the Star Performer of the game. He gave the Spurs a boost when they needed it the most. Sparking two key runs that brought the crowd into the game was big. Marjanovic was perfect from the field making all seven of his attempts in way to 17 points. He also pulled down four rebounds and one block shot.


David West scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

Tony Parker scored 12 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

-San Antonio is 18-0 at home.