Instant Replay: Warriors run away from T'Wolves, win 12th straight

Instant Replay: Warriors run away from T'Wolves, win 12th straight

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- The winning streak rises to 12, the magic number drops to two.

Behind a sizzling third quarter Tuesday night, the Warriors roasted the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-107 before a roaring sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

Klay Thompson fired in a game-high 41 points to lead a Warriors offense that shot 60.9 percent over the first three quarters against a porous Minnesota defense. They shot 52.4 percent for the game.

Stephen Curry scored 19 points, Matt Barnes 12 and Andre Iguodala 11 as the Warriors overcame a 50-40 rebounding deficit.

The victory lifted the Warriors to 64-14, giving them 204 wins over the past three seasons, the most by any NBA team over a three-year span.

Any combination of wins by the Warriors and losses by the Spurs adding up to two gives the Warriors the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs. They have four games remaining, the Spurs five.

Shabazz Muhammad and Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points apiece to lead Minnesota (31-46). Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 21 points. The Timberwolves shot 42.7 percent, the 12th consecutive Warriors opponent below 50 percent.

The game featured a brief skirmish between Warriors center JaVale McGee and Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng, during which the two men exchanged shoves and were issued double technical fouls. McGee also was assessed with a flagrant-1 foul.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
When nobody else on the Warriors was generating much offense, Thompson kept finding ways to light up the scoreboard

Thompson’s line: 41 points (13-of-24 from the field, 7-of-14 beyond the arc, 8-of-9 from the line), three assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block. He played 33 minutes and was a team-best plus-19.

It was the 10th time in Thompson’s career, and the second this season, that he has scored at least 40 points in a game.

TURNING POINT:
After Towns drained a 3-pointer to pull Minnesota within four, 73-69, with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter, the Warriors needed a little more than three minutes to respond with a 15-2 run, going up 88-73 with 5:56 left in the quarter.

The Warriors pushed the lead as high as 23 in the quarter, and the Timberwolves got no closer than 14 in the fourth.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

Timberwolves: F Nemanja Bjelica (L foot fracture), G Zach LaVine (L knee surgery) and C Nikola Pekovic (R ankle soreness) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors left immediately after the game for Phoenix, where on Wednesday night they face the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05.

 

NBA Gameday: Draymond will get bulk of the load guarding Towns

NBA Gameday: Draymond will get bulk of the load guarding Towns

Programming note: Warriors-T'wolves coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus, and streaming with the NBC Sports App. (CHANNEL LISTINGS)

OAKLAND -- Closing in on the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs, the Warriors chase their 12th consecutive win Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Warriors (63-14) have spent recent weeks following their defense, holding opponents to 41.4 percent during their 11-game streak. A victory over Minnesota would give the Warriors 204 wins over the past three seasons, setting an NBA record for such a span.

Any combination of Warriors wins and Spurs losses equaling three gives the Warriors homecourt advantage throughout the postseason.

The Timberwolves (31-45) made a brief run toward the playoffs in early March before a six-game losing streak extinguished all hope. They’re on the second night of a back-to-back set, defeating Portland 110-109 Monday night in Minneapolis.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 14.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green & Co. vs. Karl-Anthony Towns: Towns, who torched the Blazers for 34 points and 12 rebounds Monday, is averaging 31.7 points and 10.7 rebounds over his last three games. The Warriors will rotate the defensive assignments on Towns, but the bulk of the load will fall to Green, who gives away five inches in height. Green is playing his usual tremendous defense and will need to continue that to have any chance of containing Towns.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) is listed as questionable. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Timberwolves: F Nemanja Bjelica (L foot fracture), G Zach LaVine (L knee surgery) and C Nikola Pekovic (R ankle soreness) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 10-0. Timberwolves: 3-7.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won two of three this season and 16 of the last 19. They have won 15 of the last 20 in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

NO D IN TIMBERWOLVES: Minnesota ranks 28th in field-goal percentage defense, 25th in defensive rating and 19th in 3-point percentage defense. Such poor defense tends to be an issue against the Warriors, who during their streak are shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from deep.

COMFORTS OF HOME: The Warriors own the league’s best home record (33-4), while the T-Wolves are 11-25 away from Minneapolis (20-20 at home). They’ll also be on the second night of a back-to-back set. The Wolves are not much of a comeback team (9-42 when trailing after three quarters), but the Warriors surely remember blowing a lead to them last season at Oracle. They’ll have their guard up.

THE PAINT GAME: The Warriors’ game plan will require them to be stout in the paint and keep the Timberwolves off the offensive glass. Minnesota, which is 9-30 when outrebounded, ranks ninth in paint points per game (48.2) and third in second-chance points (14.8).

Instant Replay: Kings erase 16-point deficit, hold off T'Wolves

Instant Replay: Kings erase 16-point deficit, hold off T'Wolves

BOX SCORE

The bench came to play. Riding a 66-26 advantage from the second unit, the Sacramento Kings snapped their two-game losing streak Saturday night in Minnesota, besting the Timberwolves by a final of 123-117.

Buddy Hield can shoot the rock. The rookie shooting guard has played well since joining the Kings at the All-Star break. Saturday night at against the T-Wolves he caught fire from deep, knocking down 4-for-6 from the field for 22 points.

When Ty Lawson came off the bench and saw rookie Kris Dunn was guarding him, the veteran point guard got a spring in his step. Lawson torched Dunn at every turn, finishing with 21 points and 11 assists.

Willie Cauley-Stein came into the night averaging 11.2 rebounds over his previous four games. He continued the hot streak, attacking the boards for 10 rebounds and 15 points in 27 minutes of action.

Langston Galloway hit 6-for-7 from the field for 17 points with the second unit. Arron Afflalo added 16 points and Anthony Tolliver dropped in eight points, four rebounds and three blocks in the win.

The outstanding young duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins gave the Kings fits. Towns torched the Kings with his inside-outside game, finishing with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Wiggins got his stroke going from the perimeter, scoring 32 points on 13-for-20 shooting. The 22-year-old wing added three assists and three rebounds.

Ricky Rubio couldn’t hit a shot, but he was able to take advantage of the hot shooting from his two stars. Rubio dished out 13 assists to go with 11 points and Brandon Rush hit 3-for-4 from long range to score 11.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
The Kings moved the ball and found their perimeter shooters for a combined 11-for-19 from long range. Hield tied his career-high in points with 22, but Afflalo and Galloway were lights out as well.

TURNING POINT:
Sacramento turned up the heat in the third and early fourth quarter to take a big lead over the T-Wolves. The home team made a run down the stretch, but the Kings kept knocking down shots to come away with their 30th win of the season.

INJURY UPDATE:
Kosta Koufos, Garrett Temple and Tyreke Evans sat for planned rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

WHAT'S NEXT:
The Kings return home following the game in Minnesota where they will face the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday evening at Golden 1 Center.