Derrick Williams had 21 points to help the Timberwolves beat the Spurs 108-95 Wednesday night, April 17, ending a 16-game losing streak at San Antonio in their final game of the season. Chase Budinger added 15 points and Greg Stiemsma and Ricky Rubio had 12 points apiece for Minnesota, who won on the Spurs' home court for the first time since Jan. 14, 2004. "It feels great," said Wolves guard J.J. Barea, who had 10 points. "To beat a team like San Antonio here in San Antonio feels great." Gary Neal had 17 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Tony Parker had 15 points and eight assists for the Spurs, who had clinched the Western Conference's second seed. Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili did not play in the final quarter of the regular-season finale. San Antonio opens the playoffs as host either the Houston Rockets or the Los Angeles Lakers, who were playing later Wednesday night with the seventh seed at stake. The Timberwolves outscored the Spurs 52-34 in the second half, going 12 for 29 on three-point attempts. The Timberwolves opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 65-63 lead. Ginobili, who had missed nine games with a strained right hamstring, received a rousing ovation when he entered the game with 5:32 left in the first quarter. Ginobili had an immediate impact, feeding Neal for a three-pointer that cut Minnesota's lead to 20-16 with 5 minutes left.
Wolves end long skid in winning season finale
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Apr 18