Instant Replay: Thompson's huge fourth lifts W's past Wolves

Highlights: Thompson leads W's to third straight victory

Instant Replay: Thompson's huge fourth lifts W's past Wolves
November 6, 2013, 7:15 pm
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With 30 points Wednesday night, Klay Thompson is averaging 24 points through the first five games of the season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

UPDATE: Following the win, the Warriors announced Stephen Curry sustained a left ankle sprain.

 

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Klay Thompson scored 30 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors took charge in the fourth to post a 106-93 over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

David Lee added 22 points and 15 rebounds, outplaying Minnesota star Kevin Love, as the Warriors won their third straight game and second in a row to begin a four-game swing.

The Warriors once again relied on defense, holding the Timberwolves to 38 percent shooting. Four of Golden State's first five opponents have been held below 40 percent.

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: Thompson was the star of the evening, scoring 26 points in the second half, offsetting the absence of point guard Stephen Curry, who left late in the third quarter with a left foot bone bruise.


Andre Iguodala took over for Curry at the point and finished with 20 points, six assists and three steals.

The game marked the return of small forward Harrison Barnes, who came off the bench to score 14 points in 14 minutes. The Warriors bench, which had been struggling, outscored the Minnesota bench 27-10.

Marreese Speights registered eight points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes.

TURNING POINT: With the Warriors clinging to an 89-80 lead with 8:29 remaining, Thompson led a 13-5 run that pushed the lead to 17 (102-85) in less than four minutes. His burst was crucial, as in addition to the loss of Curry, Andrew Bogut eventually fouled out. He contributed just two points to go along with four assists, five rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes of action.

INJURY REPORT: Curry left the game in the third quarter after sustaining what initially was diagnosed as a bone bruise to his left foot. Previously, after getting tangled up with Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio and limping away, Curry had his right knee examined. He briefly returned before leaving with the ankle issue.


WHAT'S NEXT:
The Warriors on Friday will re-engage the San Antonio Spurs, who last postseason eliminated them in the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors have lost 29 consecutive regular-season games in San Antonio and 48 of the last 56 overall against the Spurs.

 

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