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Russell’s 52 not enough as Warriors fall to Timberwolves, 125-119

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D-Lo went berserk, but Andrew Wiggins poured in 40 points of his own for Minnesota in an overtime thriller.

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors lost a overtime heartbreaker on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 125-119. The Warriors led by as much as eight points in the final quarter, but couldn’t hold on for the victory.

The story of the evening was the duel between D’Angelo Russell (52 points) and Andrew Wiggins (40 points). The side story was the Warriors being failing to keep the T’Wolves off of the offensive glass, as Minnesota racked up 20 offensive rebounds.

First Half

Russell came out firing early, scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field in the first quarter. The Dubs got to the charity stripe quickly as well, going 7-for-7 from the free throw line early. Golden State took a 31-29 lead after the first frame, but there was some cause for concern as the T’Wolves were living in the paint.

Karl-Anthony Towns picked up his third foul with 8:45 left in the second quarter, but it didn’t slow Minnesota down. Anthony Wiggins was crossing up Warriors’ defenders at will, and whenever the Minny missed, they seemed to gobble up the offensive rebound (11 O-boards at halftime).

Russell scored 17 points after two quarters, helped out by Alec Burks’ 14 points, and Eric Paschall’s 12 points. Golden State also had 11 steals by halftime, and made all 20 of their free throw attempts, which explains how they won the first half despite shooting only 27% from downtown.

Meanwhile, Wiggins was carrying Minnesota with 16 points after two quarters.

Warriors 61, Timberwolves 60

Second Half

Russell continued his barrage, attacking the Timberwolves defenders with a methodical viciousness.

The Timberwolves refused to go away quietly, which forced Russell to put Golden State on his back and score 14 straight points in the 4th quarter. With the Dubs up 4 in the final minute, they fouled Big KAT on an offensive rebound. He made two free throws to pull the T’Wolves within two with 15 seconds to go.

Then the Warriors failed to safely get the ball past halfcourt, got tied up, leading to a jump ball. The Timberwolves got a layup out of it to tie the game, and then Russell missed his buzzer beating three-pointer.

WE’VE GOT EXTRA BASKETBALL FOLKS!

Overtime

Paschall fouled out with a little over three minutes in the overtime period with the Dubs trailing 115-113. The Timberwolves continued to hit the offensive glass and punish the smaller Warriors to a comical degree.

Russell hit a three to pull the Warriors within 120-119 with under a minute to go, but Wiggins answered him back with a dagger of his own.

That would lead to the eventual Warriors loss, unfortunate considering what an entertaining game it was. The Dubs will have a chance to quickly atone themselves with another game tomorrow night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.