Leonard, Aldridge propel Spurs past Timberwolves
Send a link to a friend
[January 18, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Kawhi
Leonard scored 34 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 as the San
Antonio Spurs shrugged off a ragged first three quarters and rolled
to a 122-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at the
Leonard's rebound and rush down the court for a dunk over two
Minnesota defenders with 7:36 to play highlighted a 20-2 run for San
Antonio that turned a 90-83 deficit into a 103-92 lead.
Leonard has 12 games of 30 or more points this season and has
reached that mark in four consecutive contests. He's the first San
Antonio player to score 30-plus points in four straight contests
since Tim Duncan in January 2004.
Tony Parker added 14 points for San Antonio (32-9) and Patty Mills
had 11 points. The Spurs' bench outscored Minnesota's reserves
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves (14-28) with 27 points and
16 rebounds, while Ricky Rubio added 21 points and 14 assists, Zach
LaVine had 18 points, Gorgui Dieng scored 17, Shabazz Muhammad
poured in 15 and Andrew Wiggins hit for 10.
Minnesota utilized only eight players in the game and six of them
scored in double figures.
The first quarter was back-and-forth between the two teams, featured
11 lead changes and ended tied at 30.
The Timberwolves opened up a 51-44 lead on a Towns putback layup at
the 6:15 mark of the second quarter and Minnesota kept its lead
through the rest of the session.
The 71 points scored by the Timberwolves in the first half were the
second-most surrendered by San Antonio this season and were just 16
points less that Minnesota scored the entire game in its last
contest, a 98-87 loss to Dallas.
Towns led Minnesota with 17 points in the half while Rubio had 16
(going 10 of 10 from the free throw line) and Muhammad hit for 15.
The Timberwolves shot 55.9 percent from the floor and took 30 free
throws (making 29) in the first two periods.
[to top of second column]
Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with teammate Tony
Parker (9, right) after making a three point basket during the
second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at AT&T Center.
Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Leonard paced the Spurs with 17 points and Aldridge had 15. San
Antonio had just two turnovers in the first half and shot 56.1
percent on its field goals.
The Timberwolves ran their lead to as much as eight points in the
third quarter and looked to be in a comfortable spot after Towns'
3-pointer at the 1:40 mark had Minnesota up 90-83.
But the Spurs woke up in a major way, scoring the final nine points
of the quarter including a 4-point play by Leonard with 38.6 seconds
to play that pushed San Antonio on top at 92-90 heading into the
A driving layup by David Lee gave the Spurs a 94-90 lead with 10:50
to play in regulation -- their biggest of the game up to that point
-- and San Antonio just wore down the Timberwolves for the rest of
[© 2017 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2017 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.