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Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors

· NBA In-Season Tournament - Group Play
Final
104 - 101

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Towns scores 33, sends Timberwolves past Warriors after early ejections in tourney game

With the game still scoreless and not yet two minutes old, Golden State’s Draymond Green was ejected after putting Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert in a headlock. Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels, who got into a shoving match that resulted in Thompson’s jersey being ripped, were also tossed.

Once the dust settled, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 33 points, sending Minnesota to a 104-101 tournament victory over Golden State. The Wolves have won seven straight games for their longest win streak since 2004.

“We just found a way to win ugly in a game that was pretty ugly,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “All credit to (the Warriors), those guys, they were super physical and took us out of our rhythm. But we found a way to win it and showed some toughness mentally.”

The rematch of the Wolves’ 116-110 win at the Chase Center on Sunday was not lacking in intensity as the lead changed hands several times in the fourth quarter, until Towns gave Minnesota the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining.

Towns also grabbed 11 boards, and Gobert had 13. Reigning Western Conference player of the week Anthony Edwards scored 20 points.

“I just saw some moments to make some shots. I'm glad I did,” Towns said. “My teammates put me in great positions. Mike (Conley) finished the game out. It was just a team win, a great win. (Edwards) made some big shots when we needed him, Rudy got some big rebounds and we could keep going down the list.”

Golden State was without leading scorer Stephen Curry, who was ruled out with right knee soreness. Coach Steve Kerr said an MRI revealed “nothing alarming,” and the star guard is considered day to day.

With Curry sidelined, Golden State got a different look on the floor, something Kerr said could help them find an offensive spark. Rookie Brandin Podziemski and Dario Saric led the charge, but Golden State's losing streak reached four.

Podziemski played 39 minutes, scoring a career-high 23 points with seven boards off the bench and hitting three 3-pointers, including a buzzer-beater to end the third quarter. Saric got his second start with Golden State and added 21 on 6 of 15 shooting.

Chris Paul, who drew the start after coming off the bench in nine straight games, had 15 points with five rebounds and four assists.

“We don't have some regular rookies, you know what I mean,” Paul said of Podziemski's performance. “We've got some rooks who pay attention, know what they're doing. To be on a team like this, this early in the season, valuable minutes in big games, it's only going to be good in the long haul.”

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: At Phoenix on Wednesday night.

Warriors: Host Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Regular Season Series

MIN leads series 2-0

Matchup Prediction

Warriors: 47.9%
Timberwolves: 52.1%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 104 - 101
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 104 - 101
4th 1.0 Kyle Anderson bad pass (Chris Paul steals) 104 - 101
4th 1.0 Karl-Anthony Towns enters the game for Rudy Gobert 104 - 101
4th 1.0 Gary Payton II enters the game for Moses Moody 104 - 101

Statistics

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36-81 FG 37-88
44.4 Field Goal % 42.0
14-34 3PT 13-39
41.2 Three Point % 33.3
18-21 FT 14-16
85.7 Free Throw % 87.5
42 Rebounds 46
9 Offensive Rebounds 13
33 Defensive Rebounds 33
24 Assists 28
9 Steals 11
5 Blocks 2
19 Turnovers 19
1 Team Turnovers 1
20 Total Turnovers 20
3 Technical Fouls 1
3 Total Technical Fouls 1
0 Flagrant Fouls 1
22 Points Off Turnovers 19
11 Fast Break Points 7
36 Points in Paint 34
19 Fouls 22
6 Largest Lead 12

Game Information

Chase Center

Location: San Francisco, CA
Attendance: 18,064 · Capacity:

2023-24 Northwest Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Minnesota 39 16 .709 - W4
Oklahoma City 37 17 .685 1.5 W2
Denver 36 19 .655 3 L3
Utah 26 30 .464 13.5 L4
Portland 15 39 .278 23.5 L6

2023-24 Pacific Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
LA Clippers - 17 W1 0.6792453 36
Phoenix 4 22 W2 0.6 33
Sacramento 5.5 23 W1 0.5740741 31
LA Lakers 7.5 26 W3 0.53571427 30
Golden State 9 26 W1 0.509434 27
Full Standings

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