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Associated Press, Published January 13 2013

Parker leads Spurs past Timberwolves

SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker scored 20 points to lead the San Antonio in a 106-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, extending the Spurs’ home winning streak to 12 games.

Gary Neal was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in scoring 15 points for San Antonio, which beat Minnesota at home for the 16th straight time. Tim Duncan added 14 points and nine rebounds and Tiago Splitter had 10 points. Manu Ginobili scored 12 points in the first half before leaving with a strained left hamstring.

J.J. Barea scored 15 points, Nikola Pekovic had 14 and Luke Ridnour 13 for the Timberwolves.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 7:22 remaining in the game following a double technical for arguing a foul called against Splitter on Barea. The ejection sparked an 11-0 run for the Spurs, including a dunk and two reverse layups by Splitter.

MINNESOTA (88): Kirilenko 4-8 0-0 9, Cunningham 5-11 1-2 11, Pekovic 6-12 2-2 14, Ridnour 6-11 0-1 13, Shved 0-7 2-4 2, Rubio 0-6 4-4 4, Williams 3-9 1-2 8, Hayward 0-4 0-0 0, Barea 4-11 6-6 15, Stiemsma 4-6 2-2 10, Amundson 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 33-89 18-23 88.

SAN ANTONIO (106): Leonard 4-5 0-0 9, Duncan 4-8 4-5 12, Splitter 4-7 2-2 10, Parker 10-15 0-0 20, Green 0-4 0-0 0, Ginobili 6-11 0-0 12, Diaw 1-1 0-0 3, Jackson 3-6 1-2 9, Blair 4-5 1-2 9, Mills 2-8 0-0 5, Neal 6-9 0-0 15, De Colo 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 45-80 8-11 106.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 4-16 (Kirilenko 1-2, Ridnour 1-2, Williams 1-3, Barea 1-5, Rubio 0-1, Hayward 0-1, Shved 0-2), San Antonio 8-21 (Neal 3-3, Jackson 2-4, Diaw 1-1, Leonard 1-2, Mills 1-5, Ginobili 0-1, Parker 0-1, Green 0-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 47 (Kirilenko 11), San Antonio 52 (Duncan 9). Assists: Minnesota 23 (Ridnour, Barea 6), San Antonio 31 (Parker 6). Total Fouls: Minnesota 10, San Antonio 19. Technicals: Parker, San Antonio Coach Popovich 2, San Antonio defensive three second. Ejected – San Antonio Coach Popovich. A: 18,144 (18,797).