Four months later, under far different circumstances, and in front of a relatively sparse crowd announced at 10,117, the game was finally played.

Tuesday’s game between the Timberwolves and San Antonio at Target Center was originally scheduled for Dec. 4 in Mexico City, an international experience that went sour when a malfunctioning generator filled the arena with smoke, sending both teams home early. So, all these weeks later?

“It was worth the wait,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said.

Getting contributions from just about everywhere the Wolves put a 110-91 pasting on the Spurs.

Kevin Love and Gorgui Dieng each had double-doubles. From Love, that’s not news. But from Dieng it’s an emerging story that added a chapter Tuesday, when he got the better of Spurs star Tim Duncan (10 points on 4-for-11 shooting).

“I dreamed of playing against those guys,” said Dieng, who didn’t shoot the ball terribly well but scored 12 points and got 15 rebounds. “Tim Duncan, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer. A great player. When I got the chance I didn’t want to let it go. Because you never know when you’ll get a chance again.”

Ricky Rubio scored 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting with seven assists. And he brought the whole menu, hitting pullup jumpers, attacking the rim, scoring on a lefthanded hook as he crossed the lane. He even attempted a floater.

“I was feeling it,” he said. “Today was really good, so I tried everything I had.”

The Wolves also got 14 points and four steals from Corey Brewer, double-figure scoring off the bench from Luc Mbah a Moute (11) and Ronny Turiaf (10). Never trailing, the Wolves led by eight after a quarter, by 20 at halftime and by as many as 28 in the third quarter while handing the Spurs their third-biggest defeat of the season.

The Spurs were led by Boris Diaw and Cory Joseph, who scored 13 points each.

Still, it was a far different competitive climate than in December, when both teams had much to play for. Now? The Spurs (60-18), who last week saw a 19-game winning streak end, are on the verge of clinching the top spot in the Western Conference while the Wolves (39-38) are already out of the playoff mix.

Yet it was an impressive victory for a Wolves team playing without injured starters Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin and reserves Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad. After pledging to finish the season strong, the Wolves have won three of four, with those victories coming against San Antonio, Miami and Memphis.