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.
The Warriors lost, but D'Angelo Russell racked up 52 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks (against the team that badly wanted to sign him in free agency). Kind of a rough night for those who said the Warriors shouldn't have acquired D-Lo in the sign-and-trade— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 9, 2019
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.
Dubs playing with good energy, but will not win if MIN continues to shoot *right* at the rim.— Eric Apricot (@EricApricot) November 9, 2019
Throw it ⬆️ and Chriss will throw it ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/34JdEkjwEd— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 9, 2019
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
Russell continued his barrage, attacking the Timberwolves defenders with a methodical viciousness.
The Timberwolves really, really wanted to sign D'Angelo Russell in free agency. He's torturing them through three quarters:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 9, 2019
-31 points (11-for-21 FG)
-4 assists (only 1 turnover)
-3 steals (plus 1 block)
D’ANGELO RUSSELL FROM DEEP— Warriors Brasil (2-6) (@warriors_bra) November 9, 2019
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.
D'Angelo Russell's final five minutes of regulation: Took all 11 of the Warriors' shots. Made six of them. Scored 14 points. Couldn't win it with a jumper at the buzzer, but dragged them to OT in Minnesota.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 9, 2019
Now a career-high 45 points for D’Angelo Russell, including 28 second half points.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 9, 2019
WE’VE GOT EXTRA BASKETBALL FOLKS!
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.
Warriors the worst rebounding team I’ve seen in my life— Tai (@ninerhivee) November 9, 2019
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.
WIGGINS PUTTING THE T-WOLVES ON HIS BACK. pic.twitter.com/v45gxM4We4— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 9, 2019
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.