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NBA: Spurs too much for Timberwolves

By Dan Myers Sports Xchange MINNEAPOLIS -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs romped to a 116-91 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at Target Center. Playing without Tim Duncan, Manu...

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(Brad Rempel | USA TODAY Sports) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad, center, tries to get a shot off in between the San Antonio defense of Andre Miller, left, and Kawhi Leonard in the second quarter Tuesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

By Dan Myers

Sports Xchange

MINNEAPOLIS - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs romped to a 116-91 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday at Target Center.

Playing without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the Spurs still won for the ninth time in their past 10 games. Aldridge shot 11-for-13 from the field and added four assists and four blocked shots.

San Antonio’s David West scored 18 points, and Kawhi Leonard had 15.

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Guard Andre Miller, who signed with the Spurs last week after being bought out by the Timberwolves on Feb. 26, started in place of Parker and compiled 13 points and five assists in 25 minutes, his longest playing stint since mid-November.

Andrew Wiggins had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the second time in as many nights. Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Zach LaVine scored 15 points, while Shabazz Muhammad had 11 and Tyus Jones finished with 10 off the bench for Minnesota.

Towns’ lay-in with 4:26 remaining in the first half gave Minnesota a 44-43 lead. It was the last time the Wolves were on top.

San Antonio (54-10) closed the first half on a 14-2 run with Aldridge scoring five points during that span, and the Spurs led 59-47 at the break.

Minnesota (20-45) had the first two buckets of the second half, including a long jumper by Towns to get back to within 59-51 before the Spurs went on a 21-6 spurt.

Aldridge scored 10 points in the third quarter while Leonard and West each scored six as the Spurs opened up a 93-68 advantage after three.

San Antonio didn’t let up in the final quarter, boosting its lead to 26 at one point.

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The Spurs shot 55.3 percent (47-for-85) from the floor. Minnesota connected on 45.6 percent (36-for-79) of its attempts from the floor but committed 15 turnovers to just nine for San Antonio.

NOTES: Both F Tim Duncan and G Manu Ginobili were rested by the Spurs and did not play. ... Spurs G Tony Parker sat out the game with a left toe contusion. ... Timberwolves F Nemanja Bjelica, who is nearing a return from a right foot strain, remained out. ... Timberwolves F Greg Smith was active despite a toe infection. ... San Antonio returns home on Thursday to begin a five-game homestand against the Chicago Bulls. ... Minnesota will play the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena to begin a four-game road trip.

 

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