SAN ANTONIO — While the Minnesota Timberwolves wait until Saturday for their next game against San Antonio, they might be haunted by flashbacks to Game 2.

The Wolves lost 86-69 Monday night to the Spurs, who took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Minnesota trailed by as many as 28 points before making the game closer in garbage time.

"It's not that easy to forget a game like this, but we have to put it behind us and go on," said Terrell Brandon, who was 2-of-9 from the field.

The best-of-five series shifts to Minneapolis for Game 3 on Saturday.

Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs and held Kevin Garnett to 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The Timberwolves' shooting percentage, 33.8, was one-tenth off their record low during the playoffs, and they committed 20 turnovers.

"We are not a team which is going to lay down," Garnett said. "We have to go home thinking we can win these two. That's possible. We have to stay together."

David Robinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Spurs. Terry Porter shot 3-for-3 from 3-point range and added 13 points, while Derek Anderson had 12.

"A lot of times when teams play us, they really don't believe that we're as good as we are," Robinson said, "because we're just a steady team. We're not a flashy team. But we come out there and we just go, go, go. We play great defense all the time."

Minnesota reserve LaPhonso Ellis, who had 15 points, was Garnett's only teammate to score in double figures. Brandon, who sprained his ankle in Game 1 on Saturday, ditched the electric blue shoes he wore in that game, but still scored only seven points.

The Spurs built a 16-point first-half lead with the help of five of their seven 3-pointers.

After the Wolves opened the third quarter with Brandon's 3-pointer, the Spurs rattled off an 18-1 run to lead 68-40. Duncan keyed the surge by rebounding two of his own misses and then throwing down an enthusiastic dunk.

The Wolves never cut the lead below 15 after that.

Adjustments made for Game 2 in Minnesota's defense worked at first. Duncan, who was quickly double-teamed, was held to three points in the first quarter after a 16-point first quarter in Game 1.

"I didn't adjust well early," he said. "A little coaching, a little cursing, and I figured it out." The Spurs scored 17 fast-break points to none for Minnesota.

HORNETS 102, HEAT 76: A pair of 26-point drubbings by the Charlotte Hornets haven't convinced Miami Heat point guard Tim Hardaway.

"We're still a better team," he said.

Ah, just what the Hornets need — bulletin-board fodder to inspire them for Game 3 on Friday in Charlotte.

They're already playing with plenty of motivation. In a duplication of their Game 1 victory, the Hornets defeated the Heat 102-76 Monday night for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

"I'm not surprised that we won," forward P.J. Brown said. "But to win in this fashion, by 26 points, it's amazing. It's unbelievable."

Jamal Mashburn again tormented his former team and fans, trading barbs with Hardaway and Dan Majerle, sticking out his tongue at hecklers in the crowd and scoring 22 points. David Wesley added 18 and Baron Davis 17.

"They've gotten kicked twice — not just beaten, but thoroughly whipped," Wesley said. "It's frustrating for them. The worst team in the NBA doesn't want to play that way."