Finley finds his mark

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Finley nearly signed with Minnesota this summer, ultimately choosing to leave Dallas for defending champion San Antonio.

On Thursday night, Finley left the Timberwolves frowning again.

The veteran swingman scored 21 points, including the last six for the Spurs, to help San Antonio hold off Minnesota 90-88.

"Finley is definitely stepping up and playing great basketball," teammate Tony Parker said. "He's just feeling more comfortable with the team."


Kevin Garnett got the best of Tim Duncan with 24 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, but the Timberwolves dropped their third straight game when Troy Hudson's off-balance, running 15-foot jumper in traffic at the buzzer fell short.

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