The Warriors squared-off with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time in the 2016-17 season on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Golden State was coming off back-to-back wins over the Lakers that had extended its win streak to 10 games. With Draymond Green out due to a left ankle contusion sustained in Friday night’s contest in LA, Kevon Looney got the start.
Sporting the all black “Slate Night” alternates for the first time at home this season, the squad took an early lead as Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry started hitting three-pointers. Minnesota soon found a rhythm after a few substitutions and took the lead by just three points at the quarter break.
The second quarter began slowly for both sides, but the Dubs held the Timberwolves to just 15 points. After not scoring for the first four minutes of the period Golden State went on to throw 26 points on the board, shooting 55% from the field in comparison to the Timberwolves’ 30%. With five seconds left on the clock Kevin Durant drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to take a comfortable 56-48 lead before heading into the locker room.
Amid all the first half action the Warriors took a moment to welcome former guard Brandon Rush back to Oracle Arena for the first time since joining the Timberwolves.
The Warriors picked up steam in the third quarter, outscoring Minnesota 34-25, shooting 58.3% from the field and 66.7% beyond the arc. Curry led all scorers for the night with 34 points, recording 17 of those in the third quarter. It’s his second-highest scoring quarter and his sixth 30-point game of the season.
While the Warriors were missing the energetic presence of Draymond Green, they managed to out-rebound the Timberwolves 45-32. Durant picked up 28 points by the end of the night, along with 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. Thompson added 23 points and six rebounds, and Golden State pulled off a 115-102 victory to improve 15-2 this season and 24-2 all-time in the Slate Night alternate uniforms.
Up next on Monday, November 28, the Dubs have their first meeting with the Atlanta Hawks at Oracle Arena.