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Instant Replay: Warriors complete fourth-quarter comeback

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Instant Replay: Warriors complete fourth-quarter comeback

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Player of the game The Warriors got a game-leading 24 points from Klay Thompson, a season-high for the young forward, but Stephen Curry had an impressive stat line of 20 points, six assists and just three turnovers and was a 23 for Golden State.
Curry was 5-for-10 from three-point range, shooting 7-19 from the field over the course of the game, in which he played 39 minutes. It was a redemption of sorts, as the Warriors impressive guard scored just six points in Fridays loss to the Nuggets after getting in early foul trouble not recording his first point until the fourth quarter.
Carl Landry added 18 points off the bench, while David Lee finished with 17 for the Warriors.
The loss was Minnesotas fifth in a row, while the Warriors rebounded from Fridays disappointing loss in Denver to capture their fifth win in the last seven.
The Warriors have won 11 of their last 13 games against Minnesota.
Key stretch A dominant fourth quarter was the biggest reason the Warriors got their eighth victory of the season, as they erased a four-point deficit at the end of the third before taking over and cruising to victory through final quarter.

But, there was a stretch much earlier in the game that kept them in the game the first place.
Minnesota pulled ahead to an 11-point lead in the second quarter before the Warriors managed to find their shooting stroke and keep it close before the end of the half.
Curry led the way with three connections from three-point land, and was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc at the half.
The highlight for the home crowd, though, was a monstrous windmill jam from Harrison Barnes, when he soared through the air with just over two minutes left in the half, posterizing Minnesotas Nikola Pekovic.
Golden State tied the game at 47-47 before the Wolves scored the final four points of the first half to lead at the midway point.
Early sloppiness The first quarter wasnt pretty for either side, and ended with the Wolves ahead, 18-16. Minnesota shot just 29 percent while Golden State wasnt much better at 39 percent. The teams combined to miss their first nine three-point attempts.
The lowlight for the Warriors came when they batted a loose ball into their own net. Kevin Love got credit for the field goal despite his shot clanking off of the rim, with Draymond Green and Andris Biedrins both going for the ball.
Whole Lotta Love When asked what the biggest difference was between the Wolves team he was facing tonight and the one his club beat just eight days earlier, the answer was easy for Marc Jackson.
The main reason is an obvious one. They have a superstar back in the lineup, Jackson said, referring to Minnesota forward Kevin Love.
Love was playing in his third game of the season after recovering from a hand injury, and finished with 15 points and 15 boards.
His presence may have aided the Wolves on the defensive side of the ball, too, as Minnesota outscored the Warriors 46-36 in the paint.
Injury report The Timberwolves are still without dynamic point guard Ricky Rubio, who is expected back in the middle of next month. Golden State is still absent center Andrew Bogut, whose wonky left ankle has allowed him to play in just four games this season. He hopes to return Dec. 1.
Up next The Warriors remain at home to host the Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Thursday. Theyve lost both games to Denver this season, including Friday nights second-half collapse at Pepsi Arena, 102-91.

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.

Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.

But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.

While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.

"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.

When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."

A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?

"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.

To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.

"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.

Trapped by social media monster, KD taught a harsh lesson

Trapped by social media monster, KD taught a harsh lesson

Kevin Durant has publicly pummeled himself into swollen submission, and he was the first to say he deserved every punch after falling thumbs first into the trap set by the monster we adore.

That would be social media and its maliciously seductive bait.

It’s addictive, and mesmerizing enough to have folks staring into the light of smartphones at all hours of the night or walking down the sidewalk at midday bumping into others caught up in the same maze.

Caught up in the insanity last Sunday, Durant got too honest and too cheeky. His response to a question posed on Twitter -- essentially seeking deeper reasons for his decision to leave Oklahoma City for the Warriors -- exposed some raw opinions, belittling his former Thunder teammates, as well as the organization while also directly criticizing coach Billy Donovan. Only star guard Russell Westbrook, the other half of what once was OKC’s dynamic duo, was spared.

It was KD unfiltered, inadvertently sharing with the Twitterverse the kinds of blunt assessments he most assuredly would rather keep confined to his inner circle. That much we can assume insofar as his points of view were issued in the third person.

After realizing firestorm ignited by his “oops” moment, Durant deleted both responses, though far too late to avoid embarrassment.

So there he was Tuesday on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF summit, smacking himself with both fists, kicking himself with both feet and offering up a stream of apologies that seemed as sincere as any we’ve heard from someone caught in a compromising position.

“I use Twitter to engage with fans,” Durant said. “I happened to take it a little too far.

“That’s what happens sometime when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love, to play basketball. I don’t regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach’s name and the former organization I played for.

“That was childish. That was idiotic, all those types of words. I regret doing that and I apologize for that.”

Durant, who according to USA Today sent a personal apology to Donovan, didn’t stop the self-flagellation there.

“I look like an idiot,” he told the newspaper. “My peers are going to look at me like an idiot. All the jokes -- bring ‘em. I deserve it.

“The second I realized what I did, I felt like (bleep). Like I said, I look at that stuff as a joke and a big game. Sometimes when I’m in it, I take it too far and I’m in it too much, too deep. But it’s just out of sight, out of mind. I won’t fall into that problem again. I definitely have to move on and not worry about anybody on Twitter, even though it’s fun. You know what I mean?”

The many available forms of social media can be fun indeed. They can, if properly utilized, be informative. They also represent a form of conversation rife with pitfalls.

Rarely a week goes by without a high profile individual -- athletes, entertainers, politicians et al -- going full jackass on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram or some other device. Photos of private parts meant for an individual have been inadvertently shared and, therefore, gone viral.

How many poor souls that have fallen into this trap been forced to respond by saying they’ve been hacked?

A man like Durant, with almost 17 million Twitter followers, deserves kudos for taking the time to engage with his audience. But once down that path, it can be exceedingly perilous. Durant disclosed that his gaffe was upsetting enough to disrupt both his appetite and sleep pattern.

Honesty is a noble trait. Brutal honesty can be provocative. Brutal honesty attached to withering critique can result in disastrous consequences.

Durant is a smart guy who made a dumb mistake. He stepped into muck that was hip deep. This is going to stick to him for a while, as it should.

It’s a harsh lesson, but some of the most enduring lessons are learned the hard way.