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San Antonio makes 12 of first 15 shots

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Robert Horry is warming up for the
postseason.

Horry scored 18 points in 21 minutes, making four of his five
3-point attempts, to help the San Antonio Spurs to an 89-73 win
over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

For Horry, signed by the Spurs for his perimeter scoring, the
production was his highest in nearly two seasons with the team.

"Right now I think everyone is trying to get in a rhythm,"
said Horry, averaging 5.0 points per game and shooting 34 percent
from behind the arc. "I felt pretty good tonight and wanted to
keep shooting it."

Tim Duncan, who scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds and five
blocks, said Horry is just starting to get serious.

"Rob just messes around the entire season until he's ready to
play -- that's his m.o.," Duncan said with a smirk. "He felt
tonight was a playoff-type game and he said, 'Hey, I'll play. Let
me play."

The Spurs, playing a fourth straight game without swingman Manu
Ginobili, made 12 of their first 15 shots to quickly open a
double-digit lead they maintained for most of the game.

"In the first three or four minutes we got down six points,
then all of a sudden (we were) down 15 or 16," Minnesota coach
Kevin McHale said.

San Antonio shot 70 percent in the first quarter and 35 percent
after that, but the Timberwolves managed only 39 percent for the
game. The Spurs made half of their 14 3-pointers and committed only
eight turnovers, compared to 20 turnovers for Minnesota.

Tony Parker and Brent Barry each had 11 points for San Antonio,
which led by as many as 19 points in the second half. Duncan
finished with 14 rebounds.

Latrell Sprewell scored 21 points for Minnesota, 17 of them in
the second half, and Wally Szczerbiak had 20. Kevin Garnett
finished with 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting to go with 11
rebounds.

The loss dropped the Timberwolves to 33-33 this season and 8-7
under McHale.

"This game shows us on the radar just where we are right now,"
said Garnett, whose team came into San Antonio trailing Denver by a
half-game for the final playoff slot in the Western Conference.

The Spurs made 14 of their 20 shots in the first quarter. Duncan
made four of his five attempts and gathered in seven rebounds for
San Antonio, whose advantage grew to 16 points in the quarter's
final minute on Horry's first 3-pointer.

Minnesota trimmed the Spurs' lead to 38-33 with 5:08 left in the
second on a 15-foot corner jumper by Szczerbiak.

But Horry came back with his third 3-pointer on the next
possession, and Duncan followed with a pair of free throws and a
layup to restore the lead to 45-33 as San Antonio ended the half
with a 13-6 run.

Game notes
San Antonio is 2-2 since Ginobili strained his groin March
8 vs. New Jersey. ... After 66 games last season, the Timberwolves
were 46-20. ... Horry's previous high as a member of the Spurs was
14, which he reached twice last season. ... Garnett, shooting about
50 percent this season, has gone 9-for-31 (29 percent) in the two
games against the Spurs. ... Referee Jess Kersey angrily ejected
The Coyote, San Antonio's mascot, in the third quarter for being on
the court during play.