Bench Play Sparks San Antonio Spurs' Win Over Minnesota Timberwolves

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Brendan Maloney – USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs look like one of those franchises you can never count out of a game until the final buzzer.

The Spurs had a lot of trouble against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who employed an up-tempo style that caused a lot of complications, but in the end, the Spurs prevailed in the dying minutes to pull out a huge comeback that saw them win 117-110.

The Spurs did a lot of things right during the game, but they elected to push the tempo in the final quarter of each half. Despite surrendering the lead in the third period, the Spurs outscored Minnesota by a 16-point margin in the last minutes of the game to come away with a much needed win in front of their fans.

The team usually gets a spark from their bench, but their efforts were decisive today. Manu Ginobili scored 20 points – and added a couple of highlight plays offensively – and both Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli contributed with 12 points apiece. Despite the fact that Tony Parker and Tim Duncan led the offense on crunch time, the play of their bench was nothing short of spectacular and clearly made a difference against a very solid Timberwolves team that could make some noise in the Western Conference if they’re able to repeat this kind of performance.

As for the Spurs, they were finally able to come out on top at the AT&T Center after a tough stretch where they weren’t able to produce at their best. The team needs efforts from the whole rotation to win on a consistent basis, and if they can keep this kind of play from their second unit, they could go very far this year.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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