Warriors' comeback falls short vs. Love's Wolves

Warriors' comeback falls short vs. Love's Wolves
March 20, 2012, 5:13 am

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OAKLAND The Timberwolves jumped out to a big lead early and held off a second-half Warriors rally. David Lee led the Warriors with 25 points and nine rebounds, but it wasnt enough as Golden State lost its fourth game in a row.Timberwolves 97, Warriors 93Player of the game: Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love finished with 36 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a victory over the Warriors.Key stretch: This game was lost early for the Warriors. They came out of the gates slowly and it continued through halftime. They played significantly better in the second half and even took the lead here and there. But the Timberwolves closed things out late.Jefferson bounce-back: After shooting 2-for-14 in his Warriors debut against Utah on Saturday, Richard Jefferson bounced back and had 19 points against Minnesota.Offensive issues: Bottom line is the Warriors arent a high-scoring team anymore. In fact, theyre flat-out struggling to score points ever since trading away Monta Ellis. Against Minnesota, the Warriors scored just 14 points in the first quarter, and the second quarter was just marginally better.The Timberwolves went into intermission up 49-35, and the numbers were not kind to the Warriors. They shot just 33 percent (13-for-39) in the first half and just 22 percent (2-for-9) from 3-point range.The Warriors starting backcourt of Nate Robinson and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 1-for-11 in the first half.Standings glance: After losing to the Timberwolves, the Warriors are now 18-25 and have the ninth-worst record in the NBA. If the Warriors wind up with the No. 1 through 7 pick in the 2012 draft, they will keep the pick.If the Warriors end up with the No. 8 pick or worse, the selection will be conveyed to Utah.