The Minnesota Timberwolves' last five visits to Golden State haven't gone well. Neither have most of their road trips this season.

The Warriors look for their sixth win in seven games overall and try to defeat Minnesota for the second time in a week when they host the NBA-worst Timberwolves on Monday afternoon.

Golden State (25-17) is returning home from a road trip that began Tuesday with a 105-98 win at Minnesota, and finished with three victories in four games.

Tuesday's win was the Warriors' fifth straight - three of which have come this season - against the Timberwolves (5-34). They've also won five in a row against Minnesota at Oracle Arena dating back to Feb. 4, 2006.

This visit wouldn't appear to be Minnesota's best opportunity to break that losing streak. Along with their league-worst overall record, they're 1-20 away from home.

Despite playing its fourth game in five nights, Golden State concluded its road trip to the Midwest with a 119-99 rout of Milwaukee on Saturday.

Though lopsided, the win over the Bucks wasn't without anxious moments. The Warriors found out at game time that forward Matt Barnes was ineligible to play because he wasn't listed on the team's active/inactive list turned in by assistant coach Keith Smart.

"I didn't know what to expect,'' Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "I didn't think we'd have much energy and then finding out I don't have Matt Barnes, I am going 'whoa,' some of these guys are going to have to play, are going to get a chance.''

The Warriors have received outstanding play from point guard Baron Davis all season, but he's been even better as they've won five of their past six.

Davis is averaging 25.3 points and 8.8 assists in those six games, including a career-high tying 40 against the Bulls.

"I didn't even realize it," Davis said. "That's when you know you're playing well when you don't even look at the scoreboard and you're not paying attention to how many points you have."

Minnesota has dropped five straight games overall, and 16 in a row on the road since earning its only win away from home this season, 103-94 on Nov. 26 at Southwest Division-leading New Orleans.

The Timberwolves nearly stunned another division leader on Saturday. They led Northwest-leading Denver 90-87 after three quarters but lost 111-108 despite having three players - Al Jefferson, Rashad McCants and Ryan Gomes - score at least 20 points.

"I'm disappointed in the way that it ended because we fought the whole 48 minutes,'' said McCants, who had a team-high 23 points. "It's on us when we lose because of a lack of effort and a lack of energy, but who is it on when we are ahead all game and a couple of calls go a different way and the game's over? That's tough.''

McCants has been on a roll in his last eight games, averaging 20.1 points and shooting 47.1 percent from 3-point range.

Meanwhile, center Al Jefferson continues to pile up double-doubles. He's averaging 21.7 points and 14.7 rebounds over his last three games and can record his 30th double-double of the season against the Warriors.

Orlando's Dwight Howard (37) is the NBA's only player with more double-doubles this season than Jefferson.


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