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Lonnie Walker IV’s relentless drives led the Spurs against the Timberwolves

In the absence of DeMar DeRozan, LWIV kept the Spurs in the game during their SEGABABA with the Timberwolves.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

After three games where the Spurs were hot from downtown, the good guys came back down to earth in a low-scoring loss to the Timberwolves. With DeMar DeRozan out of this game due to personal reasons, the Spurs simply ran out of steam down the stretch. For the night, Lonnie Walker IV paced the Spurs with 25 points while going 3 for 7 from three, and LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 20 points along with 9 rebounds. Walker and company may have come up short, but there were several notable plays for the night.

It always looks like Walker just glides down the court. Here, he long-stepped his way into the paint for a fantastic finish (and-one) at the rim:

No slime here, but Trey Lyles threw a long TD pass to Lonnie Walker IV on a fly route:

Fearless Keldon Johnson went into traffic for a double-clutch jam:

Solid defense to generate easy offense? Yes, please:

This season, Dejounte Murray has shown incredible improvement in finishing at the rim, and this play perfectly displayed his improvement where Rudy Gay starts it with a timely block and Murray then puts on the burner down the court:

Here are full game highlights:

Next up, the Spurs close out their five-game road trip by taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, January 12, 2012.