Warriors escape Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- Although it was a close one, the Golden State Warriors still have no concept of a losing streak this season.Draymond Green scored 24 points as Golden State rallied from three points down in the final six minutes, beating the Minnes...
MINNEAPOLIS - Although it was a close one, the Golden State Warriors still have no concept of a losing streak this season.
Draymond Green scored 24 points as Golden State rallied from three points down in the final six minutes, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-104 Monday and avoiding their first back-to-back losses of the season.
Despite an off night from long range, Stephen Curry added 19 points for the Warriors (63-7), who had lost Saturday in San Antonio and had their hands full with the Wolves much of Monday night. Curry finished 2-for-9 from three point range but has now hit at least one 3-pointer in 140 consecutive games.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson hit all five of his 3-point attempts and scored 17 points.
Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves (22-48) with 25 points. Minnesota had four players score at least 19 points but still lost its second game in a row.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 24 points, Ricky Rubio had 20 and Zach LaVine added 19.
The game was tied at 101-101 until Green scored underneath the basket on consecutive offensive possessions, giving Golden State a lead it would not relinquish. Curry hit two free throws with 13.3 remaining to make it a two-possession game.
With a sellout crowd on hand, hundreds of them in Curry jerseys, the Warriors star had a rough first quarter, shooting just 2-for-8 from the field and hitting one 3-pointer on four attempts. However, his six points put him over 2,000 for the season, making him the sixth player in Golden State history to reach that milestone and the first since Antawan Jamison in 2001.
After Warriors coach Steve Kerr was whistled for a technical foul, Minnesota’s bench keyed an offensive outburst in the second quarter, with the Wolves taking a 52-45 lead with just over four minutes to play before halftime. Kerr’s infraction seemed to have a calming effect, and the Warriors closed the first half on a 16-6 run to lead 61-58 at the break. Green tapped in a long-range shot by Curry at the buzzer.
Wiggins led all scorers in the first half with 14 points, while Rubio had 13. Curry and Green each finished with 10 points in the first half for the Warriors.
The teams traded streaks in the third, with a 10-0 Minnesota run giving the Wolves their largest lead at 89-81, then the Warriors answering with an 8-0 run to forge an 89-89 tie heading into the final 12 minutes.