The San Antonio Spurs had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 48-87 (55.2%) from the field, including 10-22 (45.5%) from beyond the arc, in a 117-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. San Antonio (18-4) is now on a three-game winning streak.
Tony Parker had another strong performance, putting up 29 points on 13-24 shooting, including 2-4 on 3-point attempts. Other top contributors for San Antonio included Manu Ginobili with 20 points and 9 assists, Kawhi Leonard with 19 points and 6 rebounds, and Tim Duncan with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Kevin Love had another strong game for Minnesota in the loss, putting up 42 points on 15-27 shooting, including 8-9 from behind the arc. He also added 14 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Ricky Rubio finished with 15 points and 8 assists.
In a battle of strength versus strength, the efficient offense of San Antonio (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Minnesota (ranked third in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.16 points per possession. The Spurs combined an eFG% of 60.9% with 45.5% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (8-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are 1-5 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Coming up next, the Spurs play the Utah Jazz, who are 5-19 on the year. The Timberwolves meet the Memphis Grizzlies, currently 10-12 this season. The Spurs are 1-0 versus Utah this season.