MINNEAPOLIS (TICKER) —The San Antonio Spurs try to cap a perfect three-game road trip and post an eighth victory in nine games when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves in a matchup of Western Conference powers.
San Antonio is third in the Western Conference, 3 1/2 games in front of Portland, which is one-half game ahead of Minnesota.
The Spurs, who have won three games in a row, edged Milwaukee on Tuesday, 105-102.
Malik Rose, starting in place of the injured David Robinson, scored a career-high 34 points. Rose produced 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, which began with the Spurs behind by nine points.
Tim Duncan, who added 25 points and 15 rebounds, put the Spurs ahead for good, 103-102, with a pair of free throws with 11.8 seconds left.
The Timberwolves, who are opening a four-game homestand, finished a 2-3 road trip with back-to-back wins.
On Monday, Minnesota defeated league-leading Dallas, 92-83. Wally Szczerbiak and Kevin Garnett combined to score 20 of the Timberwolves’ final 23 points, with Szczerbiak putting them ahead for good, 74-71, with a 3-pointer immediately after Michael Finley nailed a shot from the arc to cap a rally from an 18-point third-quarter deficit.
Garnett collected 31 points and 18 rebounds and Szczerbiak scored 27 points, while Rasho Nesterovic added 11 points and a career-high nine blocks.
The teams have split their first two meetings this season, with each winning at home. Minnesota posted a 106-95 triumph on January 27.