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The Sports Xchange, Published April 08 2014

Timberwolves top Spurs in makeup game

MINNEAPOLIS – Four months after they were scheduled to play each other in Mexico City but never did, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs finally met Tuesday night.

If you thought that December night was surreal and just plain strange, consider this: A Timberwolves team missing two starters and two others beat a Spurs team 110-91 at the Target Center that had won 20 of its last 21 games.

The Timberwolves did so on a night when they received a 23-point, seven-assist performance from point guard Ricky Rubio and forward Kevin Love’s 19-point, 12-rebound double-double that allowed them to lead the Spurs by as many as 28 points in the third quarter.

Timberwolves rookie center Gorgui Dieng also had a 12-point, 15-rebound night, his sixth double-double in his last 13 games.

Starting center Boris Diaw led the Spurs with 13 points.

San Antonio 19 15 29 28 — 91:

Minnesota 27 27 31 25 — 110:

SAN ANTONIO (91)

K.Leonard 5-10 1-1 11, Da.Green 1-6 3-4 5, Diaw 6-13 0-0 13, Joseph 4-5 5-8 13, Duncan 4-11 2-4 10, Belinelli 1-4 1-2 3, Mills 3-7 0-0 8, Ayres 3-4 1-2 7, Bonner 5-8 0-0 11, Ginobili 3-7 1-2 7, Splitter 0-2 1-2 1, Daye 1-3 0-0 2, D.James 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-81 15-25 91.

MINNESOTA (110)

Hummel 4-10 0-0 9, Rubio 10-17 3-4 23, Love 5-15 7-7 19, C.Brewer 5-8 3-3 14, Dieng 4-15 4-5 12, Barea 3-9 1-1 7, Turiaf 4-5 2-4 10, Mbah a Moute 5-7 0-0 11, D.Cunningham 2-4 1-2 5, Shved 0-1 0-0 0, Jeffers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-91 21-26 110.

3-Point Goals: San Antonio 4-17 (Mills 2-3, Diaw 1-2, Bonner 1-3, Ginobili 0-1, Daye 0-2, K.Leonard 0-2, Da.Green 0-4), Minnesota 5-15 (Love 2-6, C.Brewer 1-1, Mbah a Moute 1-1, Hummel 1-4, Rubio 0-1, Barea 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: San Antonio 46 (K.Leonard, Duncan 6), Minnesota 63 (Dieng 15). Assists: San Antonio 19 (Diaw 5), Minnesota 23 (Rubio 7). Total Fouls: San Antonio 22 (Diaw, Da.Green 4), Minnesota 18 (Barea 4). A—10,117.