The Wolves gave up 77 points in the first half and trailed by as many as 25 before a late-game rally that was headed off by the Rockets.
Tom Thibodeau's reputation as a defensive mastermind has to be questioned, after watching this team fail far too often on that end of the floor.
Back with the team, the All-Star guard continues to rehab as the Wolves pursue a playoff spot.
A quick look at Sunday night's loss.
Speaking with media for first time since knee surgery, Wolves star Jimmy Butler said he intends to return before the playoffs start. "But I can't give you an exact date."
Trailing by nine points early, the Spurs ran away with the game late thanks to veteran forward LaMarcus Aldridge's 39-point, 10-rebound performance
There's no doubt that there has never been a pair of brothers from Minnesota who have been as decorated as Tyus and Tre Jones.
The Timberwolves, San Antonio and Utah all are tied with identical 40-30 record after the Spurs end their winning streak at two games
Until this season, Taj Gibson had never averaged more than the 28.7 minutes he played for coach Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls in a 2013-14 season when he played all 82 games
The versatile forward has stepped up his game in Jimmy Butler's absence.
The Rockets have won four consecutive games and 21 of their past 22 with Saturday night's 107-101 victory at New Orleans.
A look back at Saturday night's game.
"They're growing," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said of his team, which is among eight teams chasing the West's final six playoff spots.
The Wolves kick off a busy week with a game Sunday against the mighty Houston Rockets.
A weekly look around the NBA
Believe it or not, the Spurs' home victories over Orlando on Tuesday and New Orleans on Thursday form their first two-game winning streak since they beat Sacramento and Denver on Jan. 28 and 30.
San Antonio All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard hasn't played since January because of a quadriceps injury.
Intro: The Timberwolves won a pair of important games against Golden State and Washington, but two more big ones loom against San Antonio and Houston; 10:00: Tiebreakers and schedule are in the Wolves' favor; 15:00: Is Andrew Wiggins OK with his role in the offense? 20:00: The Derrick Rose experiment is off to a slow start.
Patrick Ewing served 15 years as an assistant coach for four NBA teams but didn't get his first head-coaching job until his alma mater called last spring.
Once the Wolves plow through their next few games, the schedule for the final weeks of the season puts them in good position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.