With Steph Curry and Draymond Green resting on the bench, the Golden State Warriors opened up the fourth quarter with a 28-6 run on the way to a 116-108 come-from-behind win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.
Klay Thompson scored 14 of his team high 30 points during the fourth-quarter rally while running alongside Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and David West.
“That lineup we had out there, they took control of the game for us and got us a win because it wasn’t looking good,” Green told reporters in Minnesota after the win.
When the quarter began, the Dubs trailed the Wolves 88-78 after scoring three points in the final five-minutes and 58 seconds of the third. By the time Green and Curry re-entered the game at the 3:46 mark, the Warriors commanded a 106-97 advantage.
“Shaun and Andre are both so smart. David came in and was brilliant,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “So, it was just a group that kind of figured some things out and made some stops and got some transition points. It got us going and that was a key part of the whole game.”
With Zaza Pachulia missing his second consecutive game with a right wrist contusion and big men Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee both landing in foul trouble early in the first quarter, the Warriors endured a rough start to the night defensively.
That was especially true when it came to containing Wolves’ seven-footer Karl-Anthony Towns who went for 25 points and 18 rebounds.
“I didn’t think our defense was any good at all for three quarters,” Kerr said. “We were a step late on rotations. We weren’t boxing out. We were getting killed on the glass. So we needed to find a group that could do it. What I liked about that group [in the fourth quarter] is just the length.”
Thanks to the escape at the Target Center, the Warriors have now gone 111 regular-season games without losing back-to-back — a run that dates back to April of 2015.
“It’s really one of the most impressive streaks that I’ve ever seen,” Kerr said.
The win over the Wolves marked the team’s second game in as many nights and the fourth in five.
“It’s a lot of travel,” Kerr said. “We didn’t have great energy tonight, but you could see the resilience in the fourth.”NBA