With the conclusion of March Madness, the NBA got back to work on Tuesday. The Warriors took on the Minnesota Timberwolves with the hopes of capturing their 70th win on national TV. Instead of blowing out the Wolves like many expected them to, the Warriors lost in overtime, 124-117.
Oh, it was in Oakland, too.
Although Minnesota’s season has been terrible, for lack of a better term, they played very well against the Warriors, despite being down by 17 at one point in the third. Before that, the Warriors held a nine-point halftime lead over the Timberwolves with Harrison Barnes leading the way with 18 points on 7/9 shooting. Klay Thompson wasn’t far behind with 12. Steph Curry had a terrible shooting half — and game — and entered the locker room with just two points and 0/8 on field goal attempts; he dished out ten assists to keep the Warriors ahead.
Andrew Wiggins, much like Curry, got off to a cold start as well. The rising superstar had just five points on 2/7 shooting as he watched Shabazz Muhammad and Karl Towns combine for 23 first half points.
Both Curry and Wiggins broke out of their slumps in the third quarter. Golden State put up 31 points in the period, with 12 coming from Curry, who was hit four threes in five attempts — his only four threes of the game. Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad also scored 12 points in the quarter and accounted for almost all of Minnesota’s 32 points.
Entering the fourth, the Wolves were down eight. Zach LaVine, who was quiet all game, poured in eight of his 16 points in the fourth. The hands of Muhammad and Wiggins stayed hot, and the duo equaled each other with six points apiece. Thompson and Curry scored 12 of the Warriors’ 20 points. However, neither hit a three and no one attempted a free throw for Golden State.
They headed into overtime knotted at 106. Draymond Green, who had 16 points and nine assists, fouled out with about 2:30 left in overtime.
It was a miserable final period for the Splash Brothers as they combined for six points on a meager 2/10 shooting from the field. Minnesota relentlessly attacked the basket and attempted 13 free throws in the period — making ten. Wiggins, KAT, and Muhammad accounted for all 18 of the Timberwolves points, and Wiggins led the way with nine.
Shabazz Muhammad tallied a career-high 35 while Wiggins was close behind with 32 and six steals. Karl Towns further cemented his case for Rookie of the Year with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks. For the Warriors, Klay Thompson led with 28, and Steph Curry had 21 points and 15 assists
Golden State must win their four final games if they hope to break the Bulls record. They take on the Spurs Thursday at home, followed by the Grizzlies, the Spurs again, and the Grizzlies, again. Minnesota travels to Sacramento to matchup against the Kings on Thursday.
Around The League
Russell Westbrook recorded his record-tying 17th triple-double of the year in a 124-102 win over the Nuggets. In just 27 minutes, Westbrook registered 13 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists and tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a season.
Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning shot to lift the Spurs over the Jazz, 88-86. It was two of Leonard’s 14 that evening, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 to lead San Antonio. With the victory, Tim Duncan won his 1,000th career NBA game.
C.J. McCollum scored 30 to lead the Trail Blazers past the Kings, 115-107. For the Kings, Rajon Rondo recorded his sixth triple-double of the year with 27 points, ten rebounds, and 12 assists, while DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and nine boards.
NOLA 93 – PHI 107
CHA 90 – TOR 96
DET 89 – MIA 107
PHX 90 – ATL 103
CLE 109 – MIL 80
CHI 92 – MEM 108
OKC 124 – DEN 102
SAS 88 – UTAH 86
POR 115 – SAC 107
MINN 124 (OT) – GSW 117
LAL 81 – LAC 103