Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/23

Game 1: Thursday, December 23rd
Game 2: Wednesday, March 16th
Game 3: Wednesday, April 20th

Timberwolves 73

(33-33, 15-18 away)

Spurs 89

(49-15, 30-3 home)

Coverage: KSTC

8:00 PM ET, March 16, 2005

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 18 21 18 1673
SA 32 19 22 1689

Top Performers

Min: W. Szczerbiak 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

SA: T. Duncan 25 Pts, 14 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

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.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 73 89
FGM-FGA 27-69 (.391) 36-82 (.439)
3PM-3PA 1-8 (.125) 7-14 (.500)
FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 10-16 (.625)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-44 12-40
Assists 14 21
Turnovers 20 8
Steals 8 8
Blocks 6 8
Fast Break Points 10 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 19 (1/1)
Largest Lead 0 19

Top Performers

San Antonio
Wally Szczerbiak Szczerbiak
Points: 20
Reb: 6
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 25
Reb: 14
Ast: 6
Stl: 1
Blk: 5