The other day, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch spoke with his team on how to win while still seeking ways to improve and make little changes.
The Timberwolves defeated the Golden State Warriors 116-110 on Sunday night, their sixth straight victory, led by 33 points from Anthony Edwards.
Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 21 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in the first of the team’s two consecutive games in San Francisco.
Despite Stephen Curry’s 38 points, the Warriors’ cold shooting team was unable to muster enough support from other players to match Minnesota’s quick-witted offense. Golden State made just 12 of 43 3-pointers.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Curry has started the season with 11 straight games with four or more 3-pointers, which is a record for the NBA. With 5:15 remaining, his 3-pointer put the Warriors up to 100-89 and prompted a timeout from Minnesota.
When the Warriors were just 8 of 22 from the field halfway through the third quarter, he was 2 of 9 from beyond the arc after starting the game 1 for 5.
With three seconds remaining in the first quarter following a layup by Dario Saric, Curry stole the inbounds pass and scored, beating the buzzer and putting the Warriors ahead 31-29. However, the Timberwolves had a halftime lead and went on to win 89-73 thanks to a 35-point third quarter.
Minnesota won for the seventh time in eight games behind a season-high five blocks, ten points, and ten rebounds from Rudy Gobert.
After losing 118-110 to Cleveland the previous night, Saric made four of his first five shots en route to 11 points and ten rebounds, while Klay Thompson scored sixteen points as the Warriors lost both games in a home back-to-back. Golden State has dropped four of its previous five games and is on a three-game losing streak.
Following a 99-96 triumph on March 26 to end a 12-game losing streak on Golden State’s home court, Minnesota triumphed once more at Chase Center.
After getting sent out for shoving Donovan Mitchell, which resulted in a second technical foul, Green finished the game with nine points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
Late in the first, Naz Reid and Jonathan Kuminga were given double-technicals.