NBA: Spurs rally to beat Timberwolves, roll toward history on the road

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (with ball) scored 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting to help his team to their 13th straight away win.
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (with ball) scored 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting to help his team to their 13th straight away win.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

Los Angeles (AFP) - The San Antonio Spurs erased an early 10-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-91 on Tuesday and extend their perfect record on the road to 13-0.

The Spurs are closing in on National Basketball Association history. They became just the second team to win their first 13 away games, after the Golden State Warriors won their first 14 of last season.

San Antonio notched away win No. 13 without veteran stars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, with Parker ruled out because of a knee contusion and Ginobili in uniform but on the bench on the second night of back-to-back games.

Kawhi Leonard more than picked up the slack, scoring 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting.

Australian guard Patty Mills came off the bench to add 15 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Having twice trailed by 10 in the first half, the Spurs were down 46-43 at the interval. As they did on Monday against the Bucks in Milwaukee, the Spurs produced a big third quarter to take control, out-scoring the Timberwolves 29-18 in the period.

Mills said he did not know why the Spurs have been so successful on the road.

"Not sure, mate," he said. "It's hard to win an NBA game, especially on the road.

"Maybe (it's) that extra focus," he added. "Knowing that we're in another team's building and them trying to come out and wanting to beat us, there's that little bit extra focus or energy." .