"We didn't play a great three quarters, maybe even three and a half if you want to say that," forward Tim Duncan stated. "Our guy stuck with it. Manu hit some shots and made big plays. Kawhi was great as well. Obviously, Tony has been carrying us all year. He was also great."
SAN ANTONIO had five other players in double figures with forward Kawhi Leonard getting 19, while guards Manu Ginobili had 20 and Marco Belinelli 12. Forward Boris Diaw had 12 and Duncan chipped in 12 with 14 rebounds for SAN ANTONIO (18-4).
"Manu is playing great," Parker said of his backcourt teammate. "He's got his legs. He looks like he's fresh and he's making his shots. In the fourth quarter, he was very aggressive. That was big for us."
Center Nikola Pekovic added 18 points with 11 rebounds. Guards Kevin Martin had 14 points and Rick Rubio 15 with eight assists as Minnesota (11-12) had their all-time record fall to 9-41 in SAN ANTONIO.
Minnesota, which was down by eight entering the third quarter, outscored SAN ANTONIO 35-18. Love had 19 points and seven rebounds and was unstoppable. He connected on five 3-pointers in the third quarter as SAN ANTONIO searched for an answer.
"Coach (Adelman) set up a lot of plays for me out of the timeouts," Love said of his offensive outburst. "And there are certain nights where you just feel it, and tonight happened to be one of them for me. I was just hoping it would be for a win, so that's a little bit disheartening."
Minnesota pressured the Spurs into 13 turnovers, giving them 21 points and rattling the lead from them. Until the veteran squad came back, attacking the rim. They outscored Minnesota in the paint 62-36.
"It's a tough loss," Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said after the game. "We played well for most of the game. Defensively, we needed to play better than that. We gave them too much penetration, backdoors and points in the paint. It just killed us."
SAN ANTONIO's bench outscored the Timberwolves' bench 55-12.
NOTES: Spurs C Aron Baynes (left posterior tibialis strain) and C Tiago Splitter (tightness left calf) did not suit up for the game. Both players are listed as day-to-day. ... Minnesota F Kevin Love leads the NBA with 20 double-doubles this season. He has 211 in his career but is well behind Spurs F Tim Duncan, who leads all active players with 770 career double-doubles. ... SAN ANTONIO's defense remains a strong component to their success. They are fourth in the league, allowing only 92.8 points per game. ... Minnesota and SAN ANTONIO were scheduled to play in Mexico City on Dec. 4, but the game was postponed because the arena became filled with smoke. The game will be rescheduled in Minnesota, but a date has not been announced.