SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Certain, Andrew Wiggins had a little bit additional juice for this one.
Stephen Curry scored 36 factors with seven 3-pointers, Wiggins took it to his outdated Timberwolves workforce for 23 factors, and the Golden State Warriors beat Minnesota 130-108 on Monday evening after coach Steve Kerr shook up his beginning 5.
Going through the Timberwolves for the primary time since his commerce final February, Wiggins confirmed a steadiness that was lacking at occasions when he performed in Minneapolis. He drove the lane for pull-up jumpers, dunked, hit from lengthy vary, made three steals, blocked three pictures and grabbed all six of his rebounds on the offensive glass.
”It is all good enjoying towards my former workforce. They nonetheless have some guys left, so it was good to see them, catch up and compete,” Wiggins mentioned. ”It is all love for these guys. It is a part of the enterprise.”
Curry shot 11 for 21 general and seven of 12 from deep because the Warriors averted their first three-game shedding streak of the season.
”Fortunately we made some well timed pictures to open up the sport and constructed up momentum,” Curry mentioned.
Malik Beasley scored 30 factors with 4 3s to guide Minnesota, which fell behind early with poor capturing and failed to realize any momentum from snapping a four-game shedding streak Saturday.
Curry has 2,569 profession 3-pointers after he handed Reggie Miller for second place in NBA historical past in Saturday’s street loss to the Jazz. Ray Allen is first with 2,973.
Miller supplied a congratulatory message on the large display screen Monday throughout a first-quarter timeout.
Golden State delivered a much better begin after falling behind 14-Zero to the Jazz and trailing by as many as 40 within the 127-108 defeat at Utah.
”They performed like a workforce that had simply come off a tricky loss,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders mentioned. ”That is a workforce with a championship pedigree and championship requirements. You realize they had been going to have that. They actually compelled us into a pair powerful stretches, early within the recreation and late within the recreation.”
D’Angelo Russell was held out in what would have been his first matchup towards his former Warriors workforce due to a bruised proper quadriceps muscle.
Russell performed 33 video games for Golden State final season earlier than the commerce that introduced Wiggins to the Bay Space.
”Properly, final yr was a whole mess for our workforce and our group with all of the accidents. We had been lucky to have the ability to signal D’Angelo,” Kerr mentioned. ”D’Angelo was a very productive participant for us. He shot the lights out, had some massive video games.”
Kerr blended it up by beginning Kevon Looney at heart as a substitute of rookie James Wiseman to enhance the protection with a extra veteran unit.
”We received off to a very good begin and that is what I hoped for,” Kerr mentioned.
Kerr spoke to Wiseman earlier within the day, and the No. 2 general draft decide dealt with it nicely. He’ll slide into Looney’s function coming in halfway via the primary and third quarters.
”He understands it is not a demotion by any means, it is merely part of his improvement,” Kerr mentioned.
Wiseman dunked on a putback off a missed Three by Curry halfway via the third.
”I take a look at it as a studying expertise,” Wiseman mentioned.
Timberwolves: Jarred Vanderbilt took successful to the attention when fouled by Draymond Inexperienced on the 5:34 mark of the third, then Inexperienced received hit with a technical. … Minnesota hasn’t gained on the Warriors’ dwelling flooring since a 124-117 extra time victory on April 5, 2016. … Ricky Rubio shot simply 1 for eight however dished out 11 assists. … Minnesota C Karl-Anthony Cities missed his fifth straight video games after asserting Jan. 15 he examined constructive for the coronavirus. The Timberwolves are 2-10 with out Cities within the lineup this season – a type of wins a 120-110 dwelling victory Saturday evening towards the Pelicans.
Warriors: Golden State totaled 45 bench factors, with everyone however rookie Nico Mannion scoring. The plan is for second-round decide Mannion to go to Orlando for the G League bubble together with Jordan Poole and Alen Smailagic, who’s getting near with the ability to observe as he works again from surgical procedure for a meniscus tear in his proper knee. ”It is one thing I feel may very well be very productive for all of them,” Kerr mentioned.
The groups sq. off once more Wednesday evening at Chase Heart to finish their two-game sequence.
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