The San Antonio Spurs had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 42-74 (56.8%) from the field, including 9-13 (69.2%) from three-point range, to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 104-86. San Antonio (29-8) is now on a four-game winning streak.
Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points on 8-11 shooting, in a solid performance. Other top contributors for San Antonio included Tim Duncan with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Tony Parker with 14 points and 10 assists. Despite the loss, Nikola Pekovic put up 22 points for Minnesota on 10-15 shooting. Kevin Love added 14 points and 7 rebounds.
The high-powered offense of San Antonio (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the elite defense of Minnesota (ranked third in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.10 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 62.8%, the Spurs connected at a rate of 69.2% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 11-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Timberwolves are 1-6 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Minnesota (18-19) to 0-2 versus San Antonio on the season.
Coming up next, the Spurs battle the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 15-21 on the year. The Timberwolves go up against the Sacramento Kings, currently 13-22 this season. The Spurs are 1-0 versus New Orleans this season.