NBA: T-Wolves snap losing streak in S.A.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Derrick Williams had 21 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Spurs 108-95 Wednesday night, ending a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio.
Chase Budinger added 15 points and Greg Stiemsma and Ricky Rubio had 12 points apiece for Minnesota, won on the Spurs' home court for the first time since Jan. 14, 2004.
Gary Neal had 17 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker had 15 points and eight assists for the Spurs, who had previously clinched the Western Conference's second seed.
Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili did not play in the final quarter of the regular season finale.
San Antonio opens the playoffs by hosting either the Houston Rockets or the Los Angeles Lakers, who were playing later Wednesday night with the seventh seed at stake.
The Timberwolves outscored the Spurs 52-34 in the second half as Minnesota was 12 for 29 on 3s.
The Timberwolves opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 65-63 lead en route to the victory.
Ginobili, who had missed nine games with a strained right hamstring, received a rousing ovation when he entered the game with 5:32 left in the first quarter. Ginobili had an immediate impact, feeding Neal for a 3 that cut Minnesota's lead to 20-16 with 5 minutes left.
Ginobili wrapped a bounce pass to Duncan, who was stride for stride in a full sprint with Chris Johnson, which resulted in a three-point play following a layup. The play energized the Spurs, who scored five more points as part of a 12-2 run to take a 50-46 lead with 3:23 left in the first half.
After scoring only four points in the opening 21 minutes, Parker had the final 11 points of the half for San Antonio. He was only 3 for 9 from the field, but was 9 for 9 on free throws.
Duncan tied the game at 24 with consecutive layups, but Rubio and Budinger hit consecutive 3s to give Minnesota a 30-24 lead to end the first.
Minnesota outscored San Antonio 15-7 midway through the first quarter, hitting a pair of 3s during the run.
The Timberwolves were 5 for 10 on 3s in the opening quarter.