Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for the Timberwolves, who lost twice on the road to the defending champion Warriors earlier this season by a combined 37 points. What's hard to imagine is a team that could match-up against Kevin Durant's dominance, Stephen Curry's magnetic offense, Draymond Green's unrelenting hustle, and Klay Thompson's cold-blooded shooting.
Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in his return from a one-game injury absence with a sprained left ankle.
Seeking to avoid a second consecutive loss on a three-day trip, the Warriors rallied within 104-103 on a Kevin Durant 3-pointer with 2:08 to go.
Karl-Anthony Towns' level of activity in the Timberwolves offense has been all over the board this season. The defending National Basketball Association champs then went on to lose the next two games without him, to Portland and Minnesota. "I hate the golden state warriors", one fan tweeted, "but I respect the hell out of the move of having to cancel practice after Steph's birthday party".
KD says it's been "fun" trying to figure things out with a patchwork roster. Among those listed on Sunday's injury report were a two-time NBA MVP (Curry), a former Finals MVP (Andre Iguodala, left wrist sprain), a two-time All-Star (David West, right-arm cyst), a productive rookie (Jordan Bell, right ankle sprain) and a backup shooting guard (Patrick McCaw, fractured left wrist). Durant praised the job Cook has done, but acknowledged that he and Curry provide a completely different dynamic when they're starting.
"(I'm) not very concerned in terms of it being a major injury or something that is going to prevent him from playing in the playoffs or anything like that", Payne said in an interview with 95.7 The Game.
Golden State's latest loss gives the Houston Rockets a 1 1/2-game lead as the two teams battle for the NBA's best record.
"My wind was good", Rose said, "but as far as rust, yeah, losing the ball, just not there yet".
"We're a veteran group, and we've got high-IQ players that know how to play", Durant explained. And D-West knows how to play and won a championship with us a year ago. Nemanja Bjelica finished the game with a team-high 30 points against their last opponent, the celtics. Hey, when you're considered the "greatest of all time", you can't really just take an Uber.