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Warriors wake up in the fourth quarter, down Wolves 116-99

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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green led Golden State to their seventh straight win.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For three quarters, the Golden State Warriors didn’t look particularly interested in beating the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then the fourth quarter rolled around, and they changed their minds.

As is so often the case, it was more than enough.

It was a rather ugly first half, with the Warriors playing sloppily, overpassing, turning the ball over regularly, and generally looking like their 2017-18 selves. But thanks to a monstrous performance from Kevin Durant, who finished with a dreamily efficient 33 points and 12 rebounds on 11-19 shooting, they still managed to lead by three at the half, 61-58.

But, continuing an ugly early season trend, the third quarter was ugly. There was more sloppiness. There was excessive fouling. They were outscored by seven by the Wolves, and trailed as the fourth quarter began.

But Klay Thompson came out firing in the fourth, scoring the Warriors first eight points, and setting a pace that the team would sustain.

They blitzed the Wolves on both sides of the ball; they forced four turnovers, after just one in the first three quarters, and got good shot after good shot.

Steph Curry, who didn’t look quite right on the day, still threw in a crazy stat line, with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Thompson had four threes - just his second game this year with multiple triples - en route to 22 points. Oh, and Alfonzo McKinnie did this:

But it was Durant’s flawless efficiency, and the extraordinary all-around play of Draymond Green that really made the difference. Green had the type of defensive performance that should make him the early Defensive Player of the Year candidate, while finishing with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and 3 blocks.

And while the Warriors looked disinterested in winning for much of the game, they still rattled off an emphatic 116-99 win, improving to 9-1 in the process.

Yeah. They’re that good.