Parker helps Spurs keep 'Wolves at bay 117-110

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm •  Published: December 13, 2013
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Having no answer for Kevin Love for three-and-a-half quarters, the San Antonio Spurs made Minnesota solve their Big 3. The Timberwolves failed.

Tony Parker had 29 points to offset Love's season-high 42 points and San Antonio rallied for a 117-110 victory over Minnesota on Friday night.

Manu Ginobili had 20 points and nine assists, fueling a 37-21 fourth quarter that helped the Spurs avoid their second home loss this season. Tim Duncan added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have won three NBA titles together and are the active leaders for wins as a trio. That experience paid off against the Timberwolves, who have not made the playoffs since 2005.

"It's got to show up somewhere," Duncan said of the trio's experience. "If you want to call it that, it is what it is. We know what's going on out there, especially when it gets down to crunch time and things really count. We've made plays long enough that we know where each other is going to be."

Ginobili and Parker combined to score San Antonio's final points in a 26-12 closing run, and teamed with Duncan to dish out all but one of the team's final five assists and seven of its last 11 rebounds.

"We know what they're capable of and when you get them into a two- or three-minute game, they're incredible," Love said. "They've played together for a very long time, but they just made plays and we missed shots that we usually make."

Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli had 12 points apiece for San Antonio.

Nikola Pekovic had 18 points, Ricky Rubio added 15 points and Kevin Martin had 14 for Minnesota, which had won two straight.

Ginobili scored 16 points in the final quarter, helping San Antonio overcome a lethargic start. His reverse layup with 2 minutes remaining extended San Antonio's lead to 111-108.

"Manu is playing great," Parker said. "He's got his legs. He looks like he's fresh and he's making his shots. In the fourth quarter, he was very aggressive. That was big for us."

Parker was just as big, making his only 3-point attempt of the quarter while scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting.



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