The Timberwolves, led by their young bigs Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, played hard but not smart, as the San Antonio Spurs ground them down. It was game where even though they won by 25, it seemed like the Spurs could have played even better. Tim Duncan had a relatively quiet game, but he made plays when it counted, and almost everyone on the team contributed. Danny Green hit 4-5 shots, and 3-4 from the three point line, perhaps indicating that he might be finding the range on his shots a third of the way into the season. Kawhi did Kawhi things, and made whoever he was matched up on look silly -- on both ends of the court. We're becoming used to that. The bench had another solid outing, and David West continues to be a stalwart for the good guys.
In the first half, the Spurs dominated play but left the door open a crack for the Timberwolves as they failed to close out the half sharply. Kyle Anderson played a seven minute stretch in the first half, a departure from his recent outings, and pleased Pop enough to stay in the game.
The Wolves went on a 6-0 run to start the third and Pop called time out to yell at his team. It worked, because the Spurs went on a 7-0 run, and eventually extended the lead to 19. The Wolves kept the Spurs from running away and hiding, with Zach LaVine providing energy and timely shots. Kyle played most of the quarter and made a positive contribution on both ends. The Spurs ended the third up 77-61.
The good guys put the game away in the fourth, and when Rasual Butler, Boban Marjanovic, and Kyle Anderson were subbed in with about three and a half minutes left, and garbage time commenced. The crowd was excited when Boban went to the line, because of a promotion where two consecutive missed free throws would give them a free yogurt. Boban hit both, obviously the Minnesota crowd didn't know that Marjanovic isn't just a big lunk. He's a big lunk who can play basketball.
Stay tuned for the full recap, coming later tonight.
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The Spurs extended their record to 25-5, and the next game is in Houston on Friday December 25, Christmas, against the Houston Rockets.