It was another close game, but this time there were no fourth quarter comeback or overtime. The San Antonio Spurs built a seven point lead with 4:39 minutes remaining in the game and held on for a 94-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday when the Spurs visit the Timberwolves in Minnesota.
Now, it’s time to look at the numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ latest win.
84 – The Spurs had a huge advantage on free throw attempts and took advantage of it, they made 21-25 (84%) of their foul shots while the Timberwolves connected on just 8-12 (66.7%) from the foul line.
50 – The Timberwolves had a slight edge on the boards
outrebounding the Spurs 50-48.
39.6 – For the second straight game, the Spurs has held their opponents to less than 40% shooting from the field. They held the Wolves to just 38-96 (39.6%) field goal shooting.
41 – The Spurs’ reserves outscored the Wolves’ bench 41-36.
21 – Manu Ginobili had a game-high 21 points, 14 coming in the second quarter when the Spurs outscored the Wolves 32-23. The Timberwolves outscored the Spurs on fast break points 21-16.
18-17 – Kevin Love continues his stellar performance against the Spurs, scoring 18 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
11 – Tony Parker, George Hill and Matt Bonner scored 11 points a piece for San Antonio. While Darko Milicic added 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for Minnesota.
9 – Anthony Tolliver, Martel Webster and Wesley Johnson had nine points each for the Wolves. The Spurs had nine steals, four coming from Ginobili. The Wolves also had nine steals as a team.
8 – Tim Duncan added eight points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two block shots in 33 minutes of action for the Spurs. Corey Brewer scored eight points and had two steals and two rebounds for the Wolves.
0 – Bonner did not commit a single turnover for the entire game and DeJuan Blair was scoreless in 13 minutes of action but had five rebounds.
Rookie Watch: Gary Neal had 13 points on 4-5 field goal shooting, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. Tiago Splitter continues to ride the bench for the third straight game.
What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minnesota on Tuesday.
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