It has become incessantly difficult to comprehend how much better the Golden State Warriors appear to be this year — especially when you compare the current team to last year’s 68-win season. In a Thursday night matchup — the second half of back-to-backs — against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Warriors were led by Stephen Curry’s 46-point performance in the 129-116 victory.
Curry’s night was highlighted by a 21-point first quarter. During the first six minutes of the game, he scored 12. He finished the night 15-for-25 from the field, and 8-of-13 from beyond the arc. It was the fourth time this season that Curry scored at least 20 in a quarter, and his third 40-point game of the season.
“He’s always in attack mode,” interim coach Luke Walton said, “and he’s definitely playing at an MVP level again right now.”
Draymond Green finished with 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. All five Warriors starters finished with double-digit scoring totals.
When the MVP finally hit the bench, Minnesota pulled within six during the second quarter, but trailed 75-63 at the half. Those 75 first-half points are the most scored by any team so far this season in a single quarter.
“I was still kind of in rhythm,” Curry said. “It was just kind of a low release.”
Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 19 points. Center Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points in 19 minutes. Wiggins had 14 first-half points; Muhammad had 13. For a Timberwolves squad that carries a perfect 4-0 record on the road, they are yet to record a win at home this season; they are 0-4 at the Target Center.
“We did a great job, especially against the defending champions,” Towns said. “To get down a deficit like we did, to roar back and be so close. … When a team fights, anything is possible.”
The win represents a franchise record 10 straight to begin the season, and marks the fourth time a defending champion has started the season 10-0. The 1960-61 Warriors opened 9-0.
- Side notes
- Warriors reserve guard Leandro Barbosa was excused from the team and the road trip to fly home to Brazil for an emergency family matter. Interim head coach Luke Walton said Barbosa will return to the team by Monday.
- The Celtics in 1957-58 and 1964-65 and the Bulls in 1996-97 are the other defending champs to start with at least 10 straight wins.