On Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-114 in overtime, missing yet another chance to triumph on the road. The Dubs’ season record dropped to 26-25 as they missed yet another opportunity to move up in the Western Conference standings (ninth in the West).
Steph Curry led the Dubs to an 11-point halftime advantage with another blazing start to his outside shooting. Curry scored 21 points in the first half on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc and looked poised to lead the Warriors to victory.
Through the third quarter, Golden State maintained a double-digit advantage, and by the start of the fourth, they were up by 14. However, Timberwolves center Naz Reid and guard D’Angelo Russell prevented the Dubs from sealing the victory, which, as has frequently happened this season, gave the Warriors time to crumble.
Curry lost a lot of steam in the second half. Perhaps Steph’s legs were not as resilient as they usually are after playing 37 minutes just a few days in Oklahoma City. No other Warriors member scored at least 19 points, as Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole both had terrible shooting nights (a combined 7-for-26).
The Timberwolves gradually chipped away as Golden State’s offense faltered, regaining the lead more than halfway through the period.
In the final minute of regulation, the score remained at level 110. Looney was assessed a foul as Thompson attempted to lay the ball up after recovering a rebound underneath the basket. Reid missed an uncontested corner three on the other end, and the ball went out of bounds.
The Warriors had a chance to go in front with 24.8 seconds left. Curry dribbled up the court and emerged from Thompson’s screen with a surprising amount of room. Curry lined up for a mid-range jumper inside the arc but narrowly missed.
As the final buzzer sounded, Russell missed a deep three-point attempt, forcing overtime. While Russell fouled out, Minnesota resorted to Anthony Edwards to end the game as the Warriors’ offense remained stale.