SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 23 (Ticker) --
In his first game with the Minnesota
Timberwolves, Marc Jackson
fit in perfectly with an already
Kevin Garnett had 30 points and 11 rebounds and Jackson scored
seven of his 11 in the final six minutes as the Minnesota
Timberwolves dominated the fourth quarter en route to a 112-88
victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Jackson was acquired in a deal with the Golden State Warriors on
Thursday and joined perennial All-Star Garnett, Joe Smith and
Rasho Nesterovic in one of the better frontcourts in the league.
After scoring just four points in 12 minutes through the first
three quarters, the second-year center proved his worth.
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The Timberwolves rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit and
had an 82-80 lead with 8:52 remaining when William Avery
five straight points to spark a 19-4 run.
Jackson completed a three-point play, sank a 10-foot jumper and
sank a pair of free throws during the burst, which gave
Minnesota a 103-94 cushion with less than three minutes left.
"I was just going through the flow," he said. "They were telling
me what to do pretty much on each play. I'm just trying to do my
best, trying to contribute as much as possible. I know what I
can do and when I get back in rhythm. You'll see what I can do."
Jackson made 4-of-6 shots from the floor and grabbed five
rebounds in 21 minutes.
"Marc is perfect for a team like this," Minnesota guard Wally
Szczerbiak said. "I've never heard anyone talk more on offense
or defense, he communicates with his teammates all the time.
"He's not built for a bunch of clowns they got over there in
Golden State. He's more of a guy that needs to play with players
who know how to play basketball."
The Timberwolves scored 38 points in the final 12 minutes while
the Spurs managed just 32 points in the entire second half.
Szczerbiak scored 14 points and Nesterovic had 12, 11 rebounds
and seven blocks as Minnesota improved to 2-1 on a four-game
Reserve Anthony Peeler scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting for
the Timberwolves, who shot 54 percent (45-of-83) from the floor,
including 7-of-12 from 3-point range, and made all 15 foul
Minnesota pulled down 41 rebounds while San Antonio was held to
25, including 21 on the defensive end, both season lows.
The Timberowlves grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, leading to 24
second-chance points. They also scored 30 points off the Spurs'
season-high 22 turnovers.
"It'd tough to win when you give up 30 points off 22 turnovers,"
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Also, the second-chance
points killed us. It was pretty ridiculous. We dug ourselves a
huge hole and it was a hole we didn't come out of."
Tim Duncan scored 25 points and David Robinson had 10 of his 12
in the first half for San Antonio, which had a four-game winning
Duncan scored 16 points and the Spurs shot 62 percent (23-of-37)
in the opening 24 minutes, building a 56-47 halftime advantage.
But the Timberwolves scored 22 of the first 26 points in the
third quarter. Nesterovic scored eight points and Garnett and
Szczerbiak added five apiece.
Garnett's 3-pointer gave Minnesota a 61-58 lead with 6:17 left.
Chauncey Billups, who scored 12 points, capped the burst with a
layup for a 69-60 cushion 2 1/2 minutes later.
Duncan responded with nine consecutive points to tie it, 69-69,
with 55 seconds to go. After a dunk by Smith, Antonio Daniels
sank a pair of free throws to forge a 71-71 tie with just six
seconds to go.
But Garnett beat the buzzer with his second 3-pointer to give
the Timberwolves the lead for good.