Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wolves 82, Spurs 95

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
Before halftime, they shot 60.5 percent (23-for-38), had 13 assists to six turnovers, led by as much as 16 points and matched their season high for points to the game's midpoint for a 56-48 lead.

After halftime, the Wolves shot 31.3 percent (10-for-32), had a crippling 17 turnovers to just five assists, got outscored by 21 points and set a season low for third- and fourth-quarter scoring (26 points) and for any San Antonio foe.

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Box Score

"I've seen them do [it] in the past," said Garnett, who scored 17 points before the break and just two on free throws after. "I've come in here with different Timberwolves teams and we'd flow real nice in the first half. Then 'Pop' would make an adjustment to the pressure, to dictate and change the flow."

Never quite like this, though. "I watched three, probably four films on 'em and I ain't never seen them make no adjustment like that yet this year," Garnett said. "It was almost like a secret tool or a secret strategic move that they brought out."

"I thought we had an excellent game in the first half," Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said. "In the second half they turned up the juice and we didn't respond. ... That is the best pressure I've seen all year."