Timberwolves snap 11-game road skid against Spurs, 113-101
By RAUL DOMINGUEZ
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Spurs 113-101 on Wednesday night, snapping an 11-game skid in San Antonio.
The Timberwolves overcame a charge fueled in large part by second-year player Lonnie Walker IV to hand the Spurs their fifth straight home loss.
San Antonio has lost two straight and 12 of 14 overall.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and DeMar DeRozan added 20 for the Spurs (6-13). Walker added 11 points in 13 minutes, all in the second half.
The Timberwolves (10-8) led by as many as 13 points but had to fight off a rally that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
Minnesota was assessed three technical fouls for arguing with officials in a one-minute span in the third quarter. Robert Covington was given the first with 6:48 remaining in the third, followed 48 seconds later by Towns. A third was given to the team’s bench with 5:47 left.
Walker fueled the momentum when he entered with 4:36 to go in the third quarter. Walker sank a 3-pointer and followed with a driving layup to pull San Antonio within 75-72. Walker would score nine points in the quarter on 4-for-5 shooting.
A layup by Walker and consecutive buckets by DeRozan put the Spurs up 92-91 with 5:56 remaining, their first lead since the end of the first quarter.
Minnesota responded with a seven-point run to quiet the crowd and regain control.
Timberwolves: Minnesota rookie Jarrett Culver, who attended Texas Tech, received a hearty ovation during pregame introductions. Culver made his eighth start in 18 games. … Trevor Graham limped off the court with 8:19 remaining in the game and did not return. Graham, who was listed as probable with a bruised left forearm, had three points and two rebounds in 13 minutes. … Josh Okogie, who was listed as probable with a sore left foot, had 11 points in 24 minutes. … Shabazz Napier missed the game with a strained right hamstring.
Spurs: Aldridge has 18,958 points, passing Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen’s 18,941 career total for 59th on the league’s scoring list. … Center Chimezie Metu missed the game with a sore left foot. Metu, in his second year out of USC, is averaging 2.7 points in 3.7 minutes in six appearances this season. … San Antonio is 4-6 at home this season. The Spurs’ last home victory was Nov. 7 against Oklahoma City. … Walker’s career high is 16 points, which he scored against Denver on April 3.
Visitor: At Dallas on Tuesday night.
Spurs: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
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