Tony Parker recorded 14 points and 10 assists for the Spurs, who
won their fourth straight. Matt Bonner scored 14 points and Marco
Belinelli added 13 to lead the reserves for San Antonio.
Nikola Pekovic scored 22 points but Kevin Love was held to 14 on
3-of-14 shooting as the Timberwolves fell to 0-8 when they have a
chance to climb above .500. Alexey Shved scored 11 points off the
bench for Minnesota, which shot 35.5 percent from the field.
The Spurs scored five of the final seven points in the second
quarter to take a 52-49 lead into the break and led throughout the
second half. Parker found Jeff Ayres for a layup to make it a 79-68
edge with 1:30 left in the third and San Antonio took a 10-point
edge into the final stanza.
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Matt Bonner's 3-pointer with 7:39 left made it a 91-77 bulge
and Leonard hit a layup to give the Spurs a 16-point advantage
with under five minutes to play before the benches cleared. San
Antonio went 9-of-13 from 3-point range to help overcome 20
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Spurs recorded 31 assists on 42 made field
goals. … Spurs G Manu Ginobili (hamstring) missed his second
straight game. … The Timberwolves have not won back-to-back
games since Dec. 27-28.
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