The Minnesota Timberwolves made it through an emotionally-charged second half and withstood a late Spurs run to hang on and win in San Antonio.
Unbelievably, the Minnesota Timberwolves now have the best road record to start a season in franchise history.
The Wolves are 7-2 on the road after wins on Monday in Atlanta and now Wednesday in San Antonio softened the blow of a disappointing homestand.
Exactly two weeks after the Wolves beat the Spurs at Target Center, they overcame an improved defense and a more impactful bench performance from the Spurs to win at AT&T Center.
The first quarter was closely contested with neither team finding a groove offensively. The second quarter was much of the same, but the Wolves were able to score 35 points in the frame and took a 10-point lead into halftime.
The third quarter saw the Wolves build on their lead, only to have the officials inexplicably make a series of terrible calls against the visitors.
First, a missed out-of-bounds call that featured Robert Covington getting shoved in the throat by DeMar DeRozan. Then, an incorrect foul call on Covington the next time down, followed by a no-call when Towns was fouled twice on a drive to the rim and then capped off by a (correctly) called charge on what would have been an otherwise exciting dunk over the Spurs defense.
Covington was called for a technical after his second frustrating play, and then Towns lost his mind after his charging call and was slapped with a technical as well. A few moments later, Ryan Saunders picked one up.
The Spurs pulled to within three points, but the Wolves pushed back and rebuilt their lead. Then, after Towns was called for his fifth personal foul on an overturned block/charge call, the Spurs took a brief lead and it looked for all the world as though things were falling apart.
But the Wolves called a timeout and came out ready to run the offense through Andrew Wiggins, and suddenly things were okay. Towns came back in with just under five minutes to play, and 3-pointers from Wiggins, Keita Bates-Diop, and Josh Okogie sealed the deal down the stretch.
The Wolves finished the night a fantastic 18-of-40 from beyond the arc. That's 45 percent if you're scoring at home.
While the Spurs are struggling mightily, this was still a nice road win, especially considering the debacle that was the third quarter.
Gorgui Dieng was strong off the bench yet again, with 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists in just 16 minutes. He's been huge backing up Towns lately after not being part of the rotation for the first few weeks of the season.
Jordan Bell played a quick three-minute stint in the first half and had only one rebound to his name, and Kelan Martin saw seven minutes of playing time and grabbed two rebounds while missing his only shot attempt and committing a pair of personal fouls.
The Wolves head back to the Twin Cities for a three-day Thanksgiving break before hosting the Memphis Grizzlies for a Sunday matinee.