SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 36 points on 13-of-17 shooting to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 99-93 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night, handing the Timberwolves their 13th consecutive loss.
Parker missed just one of his 10 second-half shots and scored 21 points after halftime. He also was 10-of-12 from the foul line and had eight assists in 36 minutes in another huge night against the Timberwolves, the team he scored a career-high 55 points against on Nov. 5.
Minnesota (4-23) is closing in on the franchise worst of 16 consecutive defeats. They trailed by 16 heading into the fourth quarter and cut it to three points with just under three minutes left before the Spurs put it away.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who missed the first 12 games of the season because of left ankle surgery, limped slightly to the sideline with about four minutes left. But he returned less than two minutes later and played until 15 seconds remained in the game.
Tim Duncan added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs (18-10), who have won nine of 11 and head into a Christmas day matchup against the Suns in Phoenix.
After losing both road games last week to playoff teams New Orleans and Orlando, the Spurs have won three straight against weaker competition.
Al Jefferson led the Timberwolves with 28 points. Randy Foye added 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Mike Miller sat out because of a left ankle sprain. He thinks he may miss only a couple of games with an injury that sidelined him four games earlier this season.
Kevin Ollie made his fourth start of the season in place of Miller. He played point guard and Foye moved to shooting guard. Ollie had Minnesota trailing by just a point when he scored on a layup 1:09 into the second half.
The Timberwolves were only down by three four minutes later before Parker got the Spurs going. He made three long-range jumpers, a free throw and assisted on Bruce Bowen’s 3-pointer that gave San Antonio a 77-65 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter.