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Timberwolves snap 11-game road skid against Spurs

Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 14 rebounds as Minnesota picks up 10th win.
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drives against San Antonio Spurs' Jakob Poeltl during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO — Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Spurs 113-101 on Wednesday night, snapping an 11-game skid in San Antonio.

The Timberwolves overcame a charge fueled in large part by second-year player Lonnie Walker IV to hand the Spurs their fifth straight home loss.

San Antonio has lost two straight and 12 of 14 overall.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and DeMar DeRozan added 20 for the Spurs (6-13). Walker added 11 points in 13 minutes, all in the second half.

The Timberwolves (10-8) led by as many as 13 points but had to fight off a rally that bridged the third and fourth quarters.

Minnesota was assessed three technical fouls for arguing with officials in a one-minute span in the third quarter. Robert Covington was given the first with 6:48 remaining in the third, followed 48 seconds later by Towns. A third was given to the team’s bench with 5:47 left.

Walker fueled the momentum when he entered with 4:36 to go in the third quarter. Walker sank a 3-pointer and followed with a driving layup to pull San Antonio within 75-72. Walker would score nine points in the quarter on 4-for-5 shooting.

A layup by Walker and consecutive buckets by DeRozan put the Spurs up 92-91 with 5:56 remaining, their first lead since the end of the first quarter.

Minnesota responded with a seven-point run to quiet the crowd and regain control.

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