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Final Score: Warriors lose down the stretch to Timberwolves, 109-103

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Kevin Durant’s 39 points were not enough as the short-handed champs were bludgeoned by Karl Anthony-Towns

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors ran out of gas on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 109-103. Karl Anthony-Towns was a monster in the paint, finishing with 31 points and 16 rebounds. Kevin Durant led valiantly, tallying 39 points and 12 rebounds, but shot a tough 11-of-32 from the field. Klay Thompson struggled his way to 21 points on 22 shots, and Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double (10 points/8 rebounds/ 7 assists).

Even Zaza Pachulia got into the action, finishing with a double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds) in an inspired 25 minutes. This was a matchup lacking some star power, as Minnesota didn’t have All-Star Jimmy Butler. In addition, the Warriors were missing Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, David West. Patrick McCaw, and Jordan Bell.

First Half

The match-up went completely see-saw in the early goings. The T’Wolves struck first with a 34-24 opening salvo in the first quarter, and it looked like the Dubs may not have been prepared for the early start time.

The Warriors returned fire the next period as they normally do, uncorking a 38-21 quarter on a reeling Minnesota. The much maligned Pachulia bounced back from his rough outing in Portland, and got busy in the first half to the tune of 10 points and 6 rebounds on 5-of-5 shooting from the field. He plus/minus was +16 over the first two quarters, a surprising but much needed surge of output.

At halftime, the Warriors led 62-55, surviving despite missing two members of their Death Squad. They only had five turnovers in the first half, and shot 7-of-16 from the three-point line.

Not bad.

Second Half

Perhaps I jinxed them by praising their lack of turnovers at the half, because the champs promptly coughed up the rock five more times in the third quarter alone. This got the Timberwolves back in the game, and they would not go away easily, despite Durant carrying the load.

The final quarter was a battle of attrition, as both teams were gassed and bricking. The pace slowed to a crawl, the missed jumpers for both teams barely hit the front of the rim, and I could damn near hear the players gasping for air.

Then “Big Kat” took over down the stretch for his home fans. He battled with Draymond Green, getting the best of the smaller defender. Anthony-Towns closed the game out with tough buckets around the rim, and bombs from distance.

Both teams had to dig deep late, and the Timberwolves were more resolute when it counted most.

Moving On

Minnesota fought like their playoff lives depended on it, and the Warriors couldn’t quite keep up in the very end.

Next up is a Wednesday tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers. It’d be nice to have the rest of our rotation back at some point!

Poll

Who was the Warrior Wonder for the loss against the TWolves?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Kevin Durant
    (27 votes)
  • 8%
    Klay Thompson
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    Draymond Green
    (2 votes)
  • 69%
    Zaza Pachulia
    (102 votes)
  • 2%
    Shaun Livingston
    (3 votes)
147 votes total Vote Now