The Warriors started their final road trip of the season playing and shooting well, but they were simply out-splashed by the Minnesota Timberwolves to deal the Dubs a 126-114 road loss on Thursday.
|Curry – 37||Bazemore – 10||Curry – 8|
|Wiggins – 27||Curry – 6||Green / Looney – 5|
|Green / Mulder – 11||Green – 5||Wiggins / Mulder – 3|
|Rubio – 26||Towns – 11||Russell – 8|
|Edwards – 25||3 Tied – 6||Towns – 7|
|Towns – 22||3 Tied – 5||Rubio – 6|
Despite what their 18-44 record showed headed into this game, Minnesota had won five of their last seven games entering this matchup, and the Dubs were unable to cool them down.
The Warriors shot 50 percent (42-of-85) on their field goals and 40.5 percent (15-for-38) on their 3-pointers, which on other nights would create for a strong outing for the team. However, all but two Timberwolves who stepped on the floor on Thursday made a shot from beyond the arc. All together, eight Minnesota players combined for 20 treys while shooting the 3-ball at a 49 percent (20-for-41) clip Thursday night to down the Dubs.
To add to the predicament for the Warriors, they were also out-worked on the glass by a wide margin. The Dubs entered the game among the bottom third of the NBA in rebounding at 42.9 boards per game, but the could only grab 34 against the lengthy Timberwolves, who accumulated 57 by the final buzzer.
Despite the final outcome, some of the Warriors had themselves some productive outings.
Making his first return to Minnesota since being dealt to the Warriors at last season’s trade deadline was Andrew Wiggins. He finished with the second highest scoring total of the night between both teams with 27 points. “Two-Way Wiggs” was on display again too as he notched two blocks as well.
The only person to out-score Wiggins in this one was Stephen Curry who dropped 37 points on 6-for-17 made from beyond the arc. He was also perfect from the free throw line, making all nine of his shots there.
Also making a return Thursday was Kent Bazemore. After missing the last three games due to the league’s Health & Safety Protocols, the veteran logged a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. He added two assists, three steals and a block to fill the stat sheet.
The loss drops the Warriors to one game under .500 (31-32), for 10th place in the Western Conference. They remain within one game of the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs (both 31-30) who are tied for the coveted eighth seed. In the Play-In Tournament, that seed will need to win just one game out of two to advance into the NBA Payoffs
The Warriors will look to right the ship as their road trip takes them south to Houston where they will face the Rockets on Saturday (4:30 p.m., NBCSBA, ESPN) who are coming off of an upset win over the Milwaukee Bucks
More Notables …
- The Warriors fell to 12-21 on the road, dropping their second-straight road contest and first game of a four-game road trip, their last of the season
- Tonight marked the third and final game of the Warriors’ and Timberwolves’ season series… Golden State won the series 2-1.
- Golden State committed a season-low-tying 10 turnovers (done four times).
- The Warriors fell to 1-6 on the season when allowing their opponent 20-or-more three pointers… The Timberwolves made 20 threes tonight.
- Stephen Curry tallied a game-high 37 points, scoring 30-or-more points in 14 of his last 16 games… For the month of April, Curry averaged 37.3 points (.518 FG%, .466 3P%, .908 FT%), 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists in 15 games… His 96 three-pointers in the month set an NBA record for the most threes in a calendar month… Curry tallied 13 30-point games during the month of April, the most 30-point games in a month by a player aged 33 or older, passing Kobe Bryant’s mark of 12 in December 2012 (StatMuse)… Per Elias Sports Bureau, Curry averaged 37.3 points and converted 51.8 percent of his field-goal attempts in 15 games this month, becoming only the fifth player since 1976-77 (NBA/ABA merger) to average 35-plus points while making at least half his shots from the field in a month of 15-or-more games played, joining George Gervin (January 1980), Moses Malone (March 1982), Michael Jordan (March 1990) and Kevin Durant (January 2014).