MINNEAPOLIS - Manu Ginobili scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to rally the San Antonio Spurs from 21 points down for their 12th straight victory, 113-109 in overtime over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker added 18 points and six assists for the Spurs, who are an NBA-best 13-1.
Kevin Love had 32 points and 22 rebounds, and Darko Milicic had 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots for the Timberwolves, who blew a fourth-quarter lead for the third time this season.
After a horrid shooting start to the game – the Spurs shot just 32.6 percent in the first half – they hit six 3-pointers in the fourth. Gary Neal was fouled on a 3-pointer with 16.2 seconds left in regulation and hit all three free throws to tie it at 106.
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The Spurs missed 17 of their first 19 3-pointers, but Matt Bonner’s 3 from the elbow gave them their first lead of the game with 49 seconds to go in overtime.
The Wolves’ young players grew stagnant in the fourth quarter as the Spurs made their run, and they appeared to tighten up as the score got closer and closer.
Tim Duncan had nine points and 13 rebounds, but was thoroughly outplayed by Love and Milicic down low for most of the game.
Nosebleeds get cheaper: NBA ticket prices have fallen for the second straight season. The sports business outlet Team Marketing Report said Wednesday the average price of a nonpremium seat dropped 2.5 percent to $48. That followed a 2.8 percent decrease last season. The Los Angeles Lakers have the highest average at $95 following a 2.1 percent rise. Memphis is last at $23 after a 3.9 percent drop.
An expensive shove: Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand has been suspended without pay for one game for a deliberate two-handed knockdown shove on Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee after a dunk in a 116-114 overtime loss to the Wizards. He missed the Sixers’ game against Toronto on Wednesday night.
Fastbreaks: Oklahoma City is sending first-round draft choice Cole Aldrich (No. 11 overall) to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. Celtics guard Delonte West, a former Sonic, suffered a compound fracture of his right wrist late in the first half Wednesday when he crashed to the floor after a layup against New Jersey. Magic shooting guard Vince Carter was inactive against Miami on Wednesday after he sprained his left knee. The team said an MRI showed no significant damage.