SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has spent 25 years preaching that the Spurs desire a solid 48-minute effort if they need an opportunity of winning.
Neatly, 12 factual minutes turned into all it took to pull out a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and San Antonio rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat Minnesota 111-108 on Wednesday night.
“They hung in,” Popovich stated. “It reveals deal of factual character. You net down. We lost the remaining two games. We haven’t played well. We obtained down again, nonetheless they saved plugging away, and that’s spectacular to me.”
Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and Dejounte Murray had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Malik Beasley scored 29 points and D’Angelo Russell added 20 for Minnesota, which turned into outscored 32-18 in the final quarter. The Timberwolves dropped to 1-9 on the avenue this season.
The Spurs gained for the principle time when trailing by 15 or more points at any time in the game. San Antonio trailed till the final four minutes, closing the game on a 30-11 stagger.
“We ultimate fought,” Murray stated. “You are eager on to explore that fight from the overall unit, whoever is on the bottom.”
After dropping its outdated two games against Memphis, San Antonio finished 4-3 in what grew to turn into a seven-sport homestand due to a postponement at Contemporary Orleans.
The Spurs were without passe forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Homosexual, who were each sidelined with hip injuries.
Aldridge’s absence enabled Poeltl to beget his 50th profession begin and his 46th with the Spurs. Poeltl’s presence proved key in the fourth quarter.
The Spurs went on a 22-7 stagger to initiate the fourth quarter and take their first lead at 101-99 on Poeltl’s layup with 4: 16 remaining. Poeltl and DeRozan combined to regain the remaining Spurs points to seal the win.
DeRozan fueled the stagger when he turned into fouled on a extremely effective one-handed dunk. His ensuing free throw pulled San Antonio within 99-93 with 6: 29 left.
“Accurate didn’t need to lose,” DeRozan stated. “First three quarters were embarrassing, frustrating. We ultimate had to buckle down in the fourth quarter and ultimate lay it down.”
The Timberwolves entered the game having lost eight of their outdated 10, nonetheless mercurial built momentum.
Minnesota had four players regain in taking a 12-6 lead five minutes into the game. Minnesota turned into 4 for 8 on 3-pointers in the opening quarter and finished 13 for 32 overall.
San Antonio has trailed by 10 points in 59% of its games this season and turned into 0-8 this season when trailing by 15 points or more.
Timberwolves: Minnesota is 10-52 against the Spurs in San Antonio. … The Timberwolves beget two of their three most productive opening quarters against the Spurs. Minnesota matched a season excessive with 34 points against San Antonio on Jan. 9 and got right here within a point of matching that mark on Wednesday.
Spurs: Aldridge omitted the game with a decent hip flexor and soreness in that hip. Homosexual sat with a left hip flexor and tightness in that hip. … Rookie guard Devin Vassell joined Tony Parker as the most interesting players in franchise history with 20-plus 3-pointers and 20-plus steals in his first 20 games with the Spurs. … The Spurs play their first avenue sport since Jan. 20 when they face Houston on Saturday. San Antonio turned into scheduled to play Jan. 25 in Contemporary Orleans, nonetheless the game turned into canceled due to well being and security protocols with the Pelicans.
Timberwolves: Continue five-sport avenue outing Friday at Oklahoma City.
Spurs: At Houston Rockets on Saturday.