Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Monday, November 11th
Game 2: Monday, January 27th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 12th
Game 4: Friday, March 21st

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 11, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 18 13 23 2175
    SA 26 26 18 2191

    Top Performers

    Min: K. Garnett 14 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    SA: D. Robinson 13 Pts, 19 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Duncan scores 20; Robinson another double double

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Could it be that David Robinson is calling it quits too soon?

    David Robinson

    San Antonio's 7-foot-1 center posted his fifth double-double of the season Monday night, scoring 13 points and grabbing 19 rebounds to help the Spurs over the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-75.

    The double-double count has Robinson even with teammate Tim Duncan after seven games. Duncan led the league in that category last season with 67.

    ''I haven't seen David that active since the MVP days,'' praised Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett.

    Robinson, who announced during the summer that his 14th NBA campaign would be his last, credited his offseason conditioning program and how coach Gregg Popovich has been using him.

    ''Pop has been great with minutes and getting me rest when I need it,'' Robinson said. ''I just want to keep rebounding and spending quality minutes on the floor.''

    Duncan led all scorers with 20 points and Steve Kerr connected on five 3-pointers to finish with 17 off the bench. Tony Parker had 10 points and set a new personal best with 12 assists.

    ''Tony was fantastic finding other people,'' said Popovich. ''I think it was his best game since becoming a Spur.''

    ''Pop told me I needed to get everyone involved tonight,'' Parker said. ''That's what I did, and guys hit their shots.''

    The Spurs never trailed, sprinting out to a 23-point lead in the second quarter. The Timberwolves made a few charges in the second half, but San Antonio kept its edge in double digits.

    Rasho Nesterovic paced Minnesota with 16 points, and Kevin Garnett scored 14 points and collected 14 rebounds. Troy Hudson had 10 points for the Timberwolves, who shot only 36 percent from the floor.

    ''We tried, but it seemed like every time we got momentum, they hit a 3,'' said Minnesota guard Rod Strickland.

    San Antonio went 9-for-27 on 3-pointers, while the Timberwolves missed all five of their attempts behind the arc.

    The Spurs made their first four shots, two of them by Parker, and jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game's opening minutes. But Nesterovic hit a jumper and a hook and Garnett connected on a jumper to pull the Timberwolves back to within 11-8.

    Minnesota managed to make only two more field goals on 14 attempts in the quarter as San Antonio built up a 10-point advantage.

    The Timberwolves missed 12 of their first 14 shots in the second, and the Spurs extended their lead to 47-27 late in the second on a 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen.

    Garnett, who was defended much of the night by Duncan, finished the half with only five points on 1-for-9 shooting. For the night, he was 5-for-17.

    Game notes

    Parker's assist total broke his previous record of 10, set at Detroit last April. ... San Antonio's record against the Timberwolves is now 42-17, and 24-6 in games played in the Alamo City. ... San Antonio's bench outscored the Minnesota reserves, 38-27. ... The Timberwolves are 0-3 on the road this season. ... Injured Minnesota star Wally Szczerbiak, who averaged nearly 19 points per game last year, did not see action Monday. He has played in only one game this season. ... Portland's Bonzi Wells was suspended Monday by the league for one game for spitting on the Spurs' Danny Ferry late in the Trail Blazers' 95-76 victory last Saturday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 91
    FGM-FGA 30-83 (.361) 35-89 (.393)
    3PM-3PA 0-5 (.000) 9-27 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 15-21 (.714) 12-18 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 11-51
    Assists 15 23
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 3 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 14
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    David Robinson Robinson
    Points: 13
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0