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Warriors Survive in Minnesota

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The Warriors got back on the winning track with a 109-104 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Draymond Green notched team-highs with 24 points and nine rebounds, Stephen Curry recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 assists and the Warriors’ bench outscored that of the Timberwolves by 28 points. With the victory, Golden State improves to 63-7 on the season.

Two days after playing their slowest pace of the season, the Warriors got back up to speed early on in Monday’s game, streaking out to a 10-4 lead within the first four-and-a-half minutes of action. The young Timberwolves would negate that advantage with an 8-2 burst over the next minute, and then take their first lead of the game on Andrew Wiggin’s pull-up jumper with 5:29 left in the opening frame. Neither side was able to gain much separation, until Minnesota broke a 21-21 deadlock with an 8-2 run to go up 29-23 with 2:03 remaining. Golden State would score the final four point of the quarter and send the game into the second with the Timberwolves holding a slight 29-27 lead.

The Warriors’ bench eventually proved to be the difference in the game, and began to leave their imprint on the contest early on in the second quarter. Marreese Speights’ opened the quarter with a layup, beginning a stretch in which Golden State’s first 18 points in the frame came by way of the bench. Anderson Varejao’s fadeaway brought the Warriors within 46-45 with 5:29 remaining in the half, but Minnesota would respond with a 6-0 run to regain a slight cushion. Once the Warriors’ starters returned to the game shortly thereafter, they began to climb their way back and outscored Minnesota 11-1 over a two minute span to retake a 59-55 with 52.9 seconds left to play. After a Timberwolves’ free throw and a LaVine dunk, Draymond Green tipped in Curry’s missed shot just before the buzzer to send the game into halftime with Golden State leading 61-58.

Klay Thompson provided all of the scoring for the Warriors through the first five minutes of the second half, going a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range, but the Dubs found themselves playing catch up thanks to some lackadaisical play. Golden State committed four turnovers within the first 64 seconds of play, igniting a 9-3 Minnesota run over the first three minutes of action. That was more turnovers than the Warriors had committed in the entire first half, and once they began to take care of the ball, they got back on track. Thompson’s third three-pointer was followed by a trey from Stephen Curry and a Harrison Barnes’ dunk that put Golden State back in the lead at 75-72 with 6:19 left in the frame. Their lead had been trimmed to 81-79 two minutes later before the Timberwolves scored 10-straight points to retake an 89-81 lead with 1:44 left to play. However, the veteran Warriors ended the frame on an 8-0 run, sending the game into the fourth and final quarter with the two sides deadlocked at 89-89.

The sloppy play would resurface for the Warriors at the start of the fourth quarter, as the Dubs committed another five turnovers within the first five minutes of play, over the course of which Minnesota went up 97-93. However, their advantage would only dissipate from there, as Varejao would then score the final three bench points of the night for Golden State to begin their comeback. After Wiggins responded with a turnaround jumper to rebuild Minnesota’s lead to 99-96 with 6:10 left to play, the Warriors would outscore the Timberwolves 9-2 over the next five minutes to retake a lead they would never give back. Andrew Wiggins had a chance to trim Golden State’s 107-103 lead with three free throw attempts with 7.1 seconds remaining, but after missing the first, the Warriors secured the rebound on the intentional miss of the third attempt to secure the victory. With the win, the Warriors improve to 63-7 on the season. They’ll now play their next four games at home, beginning on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Warriors Beat Minnesota 109-104

The Warriors take down the Timberwolves 109-104 in Minnesota on Monday night.

Warriors at Timberwolves - 3/21/16

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Warriors Beat Minnesota 109-104

The Warriors take down the Timberwolves 109-104 in Minnesota on Monday night.
Mar 21, 2016  |  02:04

Mo says no!

Marrese Speights sends a Karl Anthony Towns attempt into the Toyota Center faithful
Mar 21, 2016  |  00:13

So much fun to watch

Stephen Curry does a good Stephen Curry imitation
Mar 21, 2016  |  00:09

Early transition SPLASH

Stephen Curry finds Klay Thompson in transition
Mar 21, 2016  |  00:10

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