The Golden State Warriors had no business winning this game.
They had more turnovers than your favorite bakery and the Minnesota Timberwolves capitalized, scoring 20 plus points off of the Warriors’ 16 turnovers .
After a hot start, the offense sputtered and the defense was nearly non existent.
That was until they flipped the switch in the fourth quarter and beat Minnesota 116-99. Kevin Durant lead the way with 33 points while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson contributed with 28 and 22 points respectively.
Locked In and Lockdown on defense.
The Warriors didn’t bother to play defense until the second half. During the fourth quarter, the ‘ Dubs began to pull away by forcing the Wolves into tough shots and forcing some turnovers. Draymond Green played some of his finest defense tonight. He spent most of his night as a help defender. However, that didn’t stop him from wrecking the Wolves’ offense. The most defining moments for Green were his blocks on Tyus Jones and Anthony Toliver, erasing a layup and a three.
Crashing the glass
More often than not, the Warriors are losing the battle of the boards. However, they dominated the boards, out-rebounding Minnesota 61-39. Durant nabbed 13, Curry 9. Alfonzo McKinnie had 8 coming off the bench. It is rare that the Warriors out-rebound their opponents. But in a game with 12 lead changes, those stops and points in the paint were critical.
Pushing the pace and space
The Warriors outscored the Wolves 23-7 in fast break points. They kept pushing the issue in transition and exploited Minnesota’s lack of transition defense. In addition to pushing the tempo on fast break opportunities, the Warriors also spread the floor and powered through screens. Spreading the floor was a huge component of the Warriors’ 33-12 fourth quarter. They made the extra passes and converted the open looks, while the Wolves didn’t have a counter.
The Warriors will host the Memphis Grizzlies Monday at 7:30 pm.