OAKLAND — The Warriors hit an unexpected obstacle on their quest for a record 73 wins, blowing a 17-point lead and losing 124-117 in overtime to the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 35 points and Andrew Wiggins had 32 as Minnesota prevented Golden State (69-9) from becoming the second team to win 70 games in a season. The Warriors now must win their final four games to break the single-season wins record of 72 set by Chicago in 1995-96.
Stephen Curry had a rare off-shooting night as Golden State took its third loss against a team currently in last place in its division, following earlier defeats at Milwaukee in December and last month at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Klay Thompson scored 28 points, while Curry had 21 points and 15 assists despite missing 18 of 25 shots.
Wiggins scored Minnesota’s first six points of the extra session to give the Timberwolves their first lead since the first quarter. Muhammad drew the sixth foul on Draymond Green and made both foul shots to make it 114-109.
Curry and Thompson then both missed late 3-pointers and the Timberwolves won the game at the foul line, shocking the sellout crowd that came to celebrate a milestone victory.
Minnesota managed to tie the game on a spinning drive by Wiggins with less than 20 seconds to go and didn’t allow the Warriors to get a shot off before the end of regulation.
It was a strange first half with Curry missing all eight shots he took from the field and not scoring a single point until making a pair of free throws with 27.8 seconds remaining. But he did record 10 assists as his teammates carried the scoring load with Harrison Barnes leading the way with 18 points in the half to help Golden State take a 55-46 lead at the break.
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