From the AP Recap:
The San Antonio Spurs needed all of Manu Ginobili's 44 points to hold off the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ginobili hit a jumper from the top of the key with 6.2 seconds left for his final points, leading the Spurs to their fourth straight win with a 100-99 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.
Ginobili's latest heroics included a step-back, 16-foot jumper with 6.2 seconds left to beat a Timberwolves team that hardly played like the Western Conference's worst.
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Al Jefferson scored five unanswered points, including a three-point play, that gave the Wolves a 99-98 lead with 39.2 seconds left. But the Wolves sandwiched missed shots by Randy Foye and Telfair (rimmed out just before the buzzer) around Ginobili's game-winner and lost at the very end against a top-notch team (Boston twice, the Spurs once) for the third time in a month.
The Wolves had lost five straight games before the all-star break last weekend. But after the four-day break, the Wolves appear refocused.
Minnesota pushed the Spurs, but couldn't overcome Ginobili's big night...
Also from Alonzo:
Wolves veteran center Theo Ratliff had eight points and two rebounds in 14 minutes in his first game since Nov. 16. He had right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus Dec. 18.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Al Jefferson, who had a 28-point, 5-rebound night: “He’s a helluva player, that’s for sure. He’s hard to guard. He can hit that medium-range shot and he drives really well. His balance and footwork and when you add quickness to that, he’s a tough cover, no doubt about it. They’re different players, but the fundamental sense that he has is just like Timmy’s (Tim Duncan).”