The Wolves fell a season low 10 games under .500 after their 104-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Target Center on Wednesday night. The loss was the teams 13th in 15 games.
"I thought we played pretty well for the most part," said head coach Rick Adelman. "We just made too many mental mistakes especially defensively at crucial times imn the fourth quarter there when they had a couple of guys cut to the basket."
The Spurs, playing without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili picked up a huge game from Tony Parker who scored a game high 31 points, dished 8 assists and grabbed five rebounds in the win. Sharp shooting guard Danny Green shot 8-for-12 from three point range scoring 28 points. The duo created havoc all night for the Wolves who were forced to decide if they should allow easy layups to Parker, or the deep three from Green.
The answer was both.
"Any road win is always sweet, but we are nowhere near as hurt as they are," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "Minnesota has had it tough that way. They have key people out also. It was tough for them without those guys."
Adelman was also quick to praise the Spurs and their ability to get shots in their offensive sets.
"They do a good job and that's the reason they get the shots," said Adelman. "They run those plays and Parker is one of the best players in the league."
Trailing by six at the half, the Wolves worked back into the game and eventually tied it on a Derrick Williams three pointer with 2:30 left in the quarter. The Spurs took control right back as they went on a 9-0 run to end the third and begin the fourth quarter.
The Wolves took the lead in the fourth quarter when Mickael Gelabale scored two of his 10 points on a pull up jump shot. That lead was quickly erased on a Green three point shot.
Nikola Pekovic led the way for the Wolves with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio scored nine points and dished 11 assists for the Wolves who are now 18-28 on the season.
They will host the New York Knicks on Friday night at 7PM.
Joe Crawford hit Ricky Rubio with a technical foul early in the first quarter after he complained about a no call.
Parker and Green combined for 20 field goals on 37 attempts. The remainder of the Spurs made 17 shots on 44 attempts.
The game saw 21 lead changes and 9 ties.