SAN ANTONIO — There truly is no place like home for the San Antonio Spurs lately, especially after some struggles at the start of the month.
- Spurs have won seven of last eight games
- Held opponents under 100 in seventh straight game
- Set season-high 36 assists
Bryn Forbes scored 22 points and the Spurs set season highs with 19 3-pointers and 36 assists in a 124-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
San Antonio won for the seventh time in eight games, and held an opponent under 100 points for the seventh straight time. It's a needed change for the Spurs, who opened the month by losing three of four by 30-plus points.
"We had a lot of ups and downs at the beginning of the season, which was expected," San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan said. "We just stayed patient, continued to chip away at it. We had a great opportunity to come back home in December and having a home stand to try to get our rhythm going and that's where we are at."
The Spurs have led by at least 20 points in each of its last eight games, and joined the 1972 Milwaukee Bucks as the only teams in league history to have five straight wins by 25-plus points.
Minnesota, which has lost 11 straight in San Antonio, has dropped six of seven games overall.
Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points to lead the Timberwolves, and Karl-Anthony Towns and Robert Covington had 13 each.
The Spurs' run of blowout losses began November 28 at Minnesota with a 128-89 defeat. San Antonio has since adjusted its schemes to help the team defensively and the changes have made an impact.
"Honestly, I'm enjoying it more, its making things lot easier (since the changes)," Forbes said. "Especially playing a lot more as a team now. Everybody is in the right positions, and I think we're going the right way. We struggled for a bit, and I think we're finally kind of figuring it out."
The defensive energy is also helping the team offensively.
San Antonio was 19 for 33 on 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field.
Marco Belinelli had 17 points and Davis Bertans added 15 while combining to shoot 10 for 16 on 3s.
"(The Timberwolves) were really, really helping and shifting on defense," Bertans said. "We had some good looks already after the first pass but then driving and kicking we could find pretty anything wide open."
Minnesota also gave up 14 3s to Sacramento on Monday and 20 to Detroit on Wednesday.
"We've got to close out with high hands and run them off the 3-point line and stay to the scouting report," Wiggins said. "We say some people shouldn't get 3s and run them off the line. We've just got to keep running them off the line and not short step it."
Minnesota only led for 22 seconds off a 3-foot hook by Taj Gibson with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter for an 11-10 advantage.
Rudy Gay scored 14 points, DeMar DeRozan added 12 and LaMarcus Aldridge 10 as the Spurs were able to rest their starters for much of the fourth quarter.
Timberwolves starting point guard Derrick Rose did not play in the second half due to a sore left ankle. Rose had four points, two rebounds and an assist in 16 minutes. Rose, who is unsure if he will be available for Sunday's game at Oklahoma City, said his ankle hurt prior to the game.
"Just sore, really sore," Rose said. "I'll take it as a case of me not really listening to my body."
The Spurs play the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.