Warriors roll in second half, down Timberwolves 125-101
Curry and Thompson combine for 50 points
OAKLAND – Not to rip off Charles Dickens, but if the Golden State Warriors organization could write a book, it would be titled a “Tale of Two Halves.” The Warriors trounced the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-101 good for their fifth straight win.
In fact, these days it doesn’t even matter what city the game is played in. This Warriors team is so good that playing one good half of basketball is all that is required to knock off an opponent on any given night. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was able to get a lot of help from his reserves as Omri Casspi added 13 points, David West scored 10 points and Nick Young contributed 12 points.
Kevin Durant missed the game as he continues to recover from a thigh contusion. Kerr caught up with the media after the game and had this to say to Associated Press writer Janie McCauley, ‘I actually kind of like these games when we have to sit somebody,” Kerr said. ”We have so much talent, we can afford to miss one of our main guys. It’s good for the team, it’s good for morale, it’s good for individual development, and it forces the group to play together when you’re missing one of your main guys.”
It was yet another story of the rich getting richer I’m sure for the Timberwolves who struggled to contain the Warriors hot shooting in the second half. The Warriors outscored the Timberwolves 44-26 in the third quarter alone.
The Warriors fresh off the championship of last season still were able to keep its entire squad intact and add pieces such as Casspi and Young. Quite honestly, it’s really inconceivable, but that is what winning will do.
“We got humbled tonight,” Minnesota forward Taj Gibson said. ”That’s the kind of level we want to get to, the way they’re playing over there.”
The Wolves did add some pieces in the off-season as former longtime Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague was picked up from the Indiana Pacers. Teague averaged over 15 points and about eight assists per game last season. Former “Sixth Man of the Year” Jamal Crawford headed over from the Los Angeles Clippers to Minnesota to help solidify bench scoring. Jimmy Butler and Gibson were reunited with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau from the Chicago Bulls days.
With all of this talent surrounding stars like Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony-Towns it made sense that the Wolves (7-4) would be off to one of its better starts in franchise history. But while this team is much better than the days of Syracuse point guard Johnny Flynn, this is a franchise that is just three years removed (2014-15) from winning just 16 games. In fact, the Timberwolves last had a 50-win campaign in 2003-04 when the team won 58 games with Kevin Garnett as the league MVP (per the NBA.com stats tool).
Wiggins led the Wolves with 17 points and Towns recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gibson added 14 points and seven rebounds.
Klay Thompson (11-for-20 and 6-for-12 from three-point range) led the Warriors in scoring with 28 points. Stephen Curry chipped in with 22 points on 7-for-16 shooting.
The Warriors (9-3) continue the home stand facing the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The Timberwolves look to rebound against the Phoenix Suns as they continue the road trip also on Saturday.
In more wall-to-wall coverage of my “Sports Day in the D” NBA Game of the Week please check out the links below of the play-by-play.
1ST Q: The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors tip-off at Oracle Arena: http://bit.ly/2m6WWXb
2ND Q: The Wolves continue battle with the Warriors to keep the game close: http://bit.ly/2hmhLfP
3RD Q: Klay Thompson turns up the heat on the Timberwolves: http://bit.ly/2heRqfP
4TH Q: Fans at Oracle Arena go home happy. http://bit.ly/2iH8qvs
Postgame Audio: http://bit.ly/2hsexqZ
Postgame Video: http://bit.ly/2zKzuoF