Wolves' Latest Losing Streak Hits Four With Loss To Spurs

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Wolves Lose Fourth Straight With 94-91 Loss In San Antonio

(Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili finished with 21 points and seven rebounds to lead a balanced attack that San Antonio used to beat Minnesota, 94-91.

Antonio McDyess and Richard Jefferson both scored 13 points for the Spurs, who have won two in a row since dropping consecutive games to New York and Boston. Tony Parker, Matt Bonner, and George Hill all had 11 points in the victory.

Kevin Love posted 18 points and 17 boards for Minnesota, which has lost four in a row. Darko Milicic added 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Luke Ridnour ended with 16 points, seven assists, and six rebounds.

Neither team led by more than nine in the tight contest, which featured seven lead changes and eight times tied.

However, San Antonio led down the stretch and held a 94-86 advantage after Hill made two free throws with 3:24 to go. Milicic countered with a layup, and Ridnour drained a three with 2:02 to go, making it a one-possession game.

Both offenses struggled in the final two minutes — together, they missed five shots and turned the ball over twice. Minnesota had a few opportunities to tie the game in the final minute, but three-pointers from Ridnour and Anthony Tolliver were off the mark as the Spurs held on.

Minnesota controlled the first quarter, and held a 21-12 lead after Wesley Johnson’s trey with 1:11 on the clock. But the Spurs ended the frame on a six- point burst to get within three.

San Antonio moved ahead in a back-and-forth second quarter. Late in the frame, Jefferson hit a jumper and Ginobili made a three to give the Spurs a 48-42 edge, and they held a 50-44 lead at the break.

Minnesota drew even several times in the third, but never went in front, and the Spurs ended the period with an 8-1 run to take a 74-67 edge into the fourth.

Game Notes

Minnesota forward Michael Beasley scored two points in just 11:35 of court time…San Antonio made 21-of-25 free throws, compared to 8-of-12 for Minnesota.

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Wolves Look To Break Funk Against Spurs

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs will try and continue their dominance over the Minnesota Timberwolves when the two clubs collide Sunday in the opener of a home-and-home series from the AT&T Center.

San Antonio has won 14 straight and 19 of the past 20 meetings with the Timberwolves, who are winless in their previous 13 trips to the Alamo City. The last time Minnesota defeated the Spurs was during the 2006-07 campaign.

Minnesota will host San Antonio on Tuesday at the Target Center.

The Spurs ended a two-game overall slide with Friday’s 90-87 victory in Indiana, as Manu Ginobili scored 25 points and sank a pair of free throws in the waning seconds of the game to keep his team on top. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench and Tim Duncan had 15 points with 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who bounced back from losses in New York and Boston to finish a three- game road swing at 1-2.

“I was proud of our team for hanging in,” said San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich. “They just kept playing the game and that’s a great sign.”

San Antonio has won 15 of its last 18 games and will put its 19-2 home record on the line tonight. It has won 12 in a row as the host.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have lost three straight and 11 of 14 games, including Friday’s 108-98 loss versus the Portland Trail Blazers in the Twin Cities.

Kevin Love notched his 32nd double-double of the season and 23rd in a row with 30 points and 19 boards, while Michael Beasley contributed 17 points and four assists for the T’Wolves, who got 10 points and 11 assists from Luke Ridnour.

“You have to put your foot down and let people know this is your home court, and we didn’t do that tonight,” Ridnour said.

The Wolves held Portland scoreless for over four minutes in the final frame and narrowed the gap to 96-86 following Love’s three-point play with 3:43 left in the contest. Portland pulled away after that to record its 14th straight win over Minnesota.

The Timberwolves will hit the road tonight where they are 2-18 in 2010-11.

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Matthews Paces Blazers Past Wolves, 108-98

(Sports Network) - Wesley Matthews connected on 10-of-18 shots, including 7-of-10 from three-point territory, en route to a career-high 36 points as Portland continued its dominance over Minnesota with a 108-98 win at Target Center.

LaMarcus Aldridge supplied 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Andre Miller contributed 16 points and 10 assists for the Trail Blazers, who have won 14 straight over the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love put together his 32nd double-double of the season with 30 points and 19 boards while Michael Beasley chipped in with 17 points and four assists for the Wolves, who have lost three in a row and four of five.

Matthews made all six of his shots, five from long distance, for 19 points as the Blazers took a 37-27 lead after the first quarter. The visitors knocked down 13-of-21, including 6-of-9 from three-point territory, in the first 12 minutes.

"We were just taking what they gave us...I was moving without the ball and finding open spots. We were finding each other tonight," Matthews said. "It felt good. I was in a rhythm."

Matthews added 10 more in the second quarter, hitting two more triples, as Portland took a 63-43 lead at the break. Love had his 23rd consecutive double- double by the half, totaling 15 points and 10 caroms.

Minnesota clawed back to within 14 twice in the third quarter but entered the final stanza trailing 88-72.

Love's three-point play cut the deficit to 96-86 with 3:43 to play in the game before Aldridge scored two buckets to push the lead back to 14.

Minnesota wouldn't go away, as Love stroked a three to trim the lead to 102-93 with 1:34 remaining. Two Aldridge foul shots 30 ticks later made it an 11- point cushion and quieted any further comeback attempt.

"You have to put your foot down and let people know this is your home court, and we didn't do that tonight," Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour said.

Game Notes

Matthews set a franchise record with his seven first-half three-pointers, eclipsing the six knocked down by Cliff Robinson on March 28, 1997 against Vancouver...He made all nine of his foul shots as the Blazers went 19-of-22 from the line...Miller's eighth assist was the 6,727th of his career, moving him past Muggsy Bogues into 16th place on the all-time list...Patrick Mills added 10 points off the bench in the win...Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez left the game with stomach pains and did not return after scoring three points...Portland's last loss to Minnesota came on March 25, 2007...Love made 10-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from long distance...Minnesota made half of its 16 tries from three-point territory...Ridnour added 10 points and 11 assists for the Wolves, who also got 10 points off the bench from Corey Brewer and Anthony Tolliver.

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