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Fourth quarter lead doesn't last long for Wolves at Golden State

Timberwolves play at Portland on Sunday night

November 03, 2018 - 7:22 am

  OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Timberwolves led Golden State 87-83 after three quarters on Friday night.

  By the time it turned into Saturday morning, that lead was gone, and so was the chance for a significant road win for a Wolves team desperately in need of as many positives as possible.

  Kevin Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Stephen Curry contributed 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Warriors beat the Timberwolves 116-99 for their seventh straight win.

  The Warriors out-scored the Wolves 33-12 in the game's final period.

   "Our fourth-quarter defense was tremendous, everybody flying to the ball," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

   Klay Thompson scored 22 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers 50 seconds apart early in the fourth to put Golden State ahead 91-89 with 10:17 to play. Draymond Green then got back-to-back baskets, one helped by goaltending.

   Derrick Rose played five minutes in the first quarter for Minnesota and scored three points, then didn't return because of left ankle soreness - two nights after the 2011 MVP scored a career-high 50 points in a victory against Utah.

   Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 22 points. Minnesota was outrebounded 61-39.

   Jimmy Butler scored 21 for Minnesota after sitting out Wednesday to rest. Tyus Jones also returned and had eight points on 3-for-11 shooting after missing the win over the Jazz because of a sore right foot.

   "We just didn't hit some shots. It's a two-way street," Karl-Anthony Towns said. "They played great defense, where we also missed some shots that we were hitting the whole game."


   Timberwolves: Six players made a 3-pointer in the first half. ... Minnesota is 0-4 on the road, three of those vs. the Western Conference. ... The Timberwolves haven't won at Oracle Arena since April 5, 2016, and have dropped 20 of the last 24 meetings against Golden State.

   Warriors: Had their six-game streak of scoring 120 points or more snapped. ... Andre Iguodala shot 1 for 6. ...  G Shaun Livingston missed his fourth straight game with soreness in his right foot. Kerr listed Livingston as day-to-day. ... Golden State had 31 assists after dishing out a season-best 39 on Wednesday.


   The Timberwolves play at Portland on Sunday in the lone game outside California during a five-game stretch out West.


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