Manu Subdues Feisty Wolves

Spurs' Ginobili has 44, including 7 threes, in 100-99 squeaker
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2008 10:51 PM CST
Manu Subdues Feisty Wolves
Minnesota Timberwolves' Randy Foye, right, blocks a shot by San Antonio Spurs' Bruce Bowen, left, in first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)   (Associated Press)

The West's worst team gave the defending champs a scare, but super-sub Manu Ginobili hit a go-ahead jumper with six seconds left to vault the Spurs over the Timberwolves, 100-99. Ginobili's monster 44-point game included six straight threes in six minutes during the second quarter (seven overall) and 11-of-12 free-throw shooting.

It was the first game back from injury for Spurs star signal-caller Tony Parker, who had eight points in 18-plus minutes. Recent San Antonio acquisition Kurt Thomas did not play; Minnesota was without 2007 All-Star dunk champion Gerald Green, who was traded to Houston before the 3pm trade deadline. (Read more NBA stories.)

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