The Golden State Warriors accomplished a few things with their 130-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night at Oracle Arena: reaching the 50-win plateau for the first time in 20 years and securing the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Fortunately, they didn’t have to wait around until Wednesday to decide all of that. But it looked like they would early, as the Warriors quickly found themselves down 19-4 in the first quarter thanks to a hot start by Kevin Love and no offensive flow whatsoever.
Slowly but surely, however, the Warriors found their game. Stephen Curry responded to Love by scoring 15 points of his own during the first quarter, keeping the Warriors within striking distance. Golden State outscored Minnesota 34-22 in the second and trailed by just two at halftime.
They took their first lead in at 4:39 of the third, when a Draymond Green layup made it 87-86. In a high-scoring affair, the Warriors hung on in the fourth quarter, never relinquishing the lead and answering all questions before their final game on Wednesday.
Curry’s 32 points led the Warriors. David Lee had 25, and Green had a big night off the bench with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Love recorded a game-high 40 points for the Timberwolves.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 48.5% (49-101)
- Three-point percentage: 40.5% (15-37)
- Rebounds: 51
- Assists: 31
- Turnovers: 15
- Bench points: 37
- Field-goal percentage: 53.1% (43-81)
- Three-point percentage: 53.3% (8-15)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 37
- Turnovers: 21
- Bench points: 15
It’s no coincidence that with Bogut out, along with Andre Iguodala, the Warriors allowed 120 points to an opponent at home. Luckily, they were able to score at will as well, but in the postseason, they might not be so lucky. Without Bogut patrolling the paint and anchoring the defense, the Warriors face a daunting task against any playoff opponent.
What’s on Tap
The final game of the regular season is on Wednesday when the Warriors travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets.