NBA Basketball

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Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Golden State 32 36 18 29 15 130
Minnesota 27 27 32 29 16 131
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0020:00 ET6:00 PM CT23:00 , March 29, 2019
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Warriors look to continue domination of Timberwolves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. Golden State has won back-to-back games, going 28-for-56 (.500) from three-point range. Although the Warriors are averaging 110.7 points in March after averaging 117.6 points in February, they are shooting 37.0 percent from three this month compared to 35.2 percent last month.
  2. Minnesota is 1-6 in its last seven as opponents have shot 41.7 percent from three. This season, opponents are shooting 37.8 percent from three against Minnesota, highest in the NBA.
  3. Golden State beat Minnesota on March 19, 117-107, and look to sweep the season series. The Warriors are 6-1 against the Timberwolves in the last seven matchups, averaging 117.7 points while also shooting 42.7 percent from three.
  4. Stephen Curry recorded a double-double on Wednesday with 28 points and 10 rebounds, his first game with at least 10 rebounds since November 19, 2017 (11). He has grabbed at least seven rebounds in six games this month after having five such games in January and February.
  5. Andrew Wiggins dropped 22 points against the Clippers on Tuesday and has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games. The Timberwolves, however, are 1-8 in the last nine games where Wiggins scores at least 20 points.
  6. Minnesota scored 25 points on the fast break on Tuesday, its third game this season with at least 25 fast-break points. Golden State is averaging 19.3 fast-break points this season, second most in the NBA behind Sacramento (21.3).

In their quest for top seeding in the Western Conference playoffs, the Golden State Warriors get an opportunity to pick on one of their favorite rivals when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Golden State (51-23) will be seeking a fourth straight win over Minnesota, which would complete its third season-series sweep in the past seven years.

The Warriors have a 28-6 record against the Timberwolves over that stretch, including 13-3 at Minnesota.

The same two teams met last Tuesday in Minnesota, with Golden State riding a 36-point effort from Stephen Curry to a 117-107 win.

The three Golden State wins over Minnesota this season have come by an average of 11.7 points.

Kevin Durant had just 17 points in the win, beginning a stretch of five games in which he has become more of a pass-first player.

He had nine assists in the win, then three games later had a season-high-tying 11 while taking just a season-low six shots.

Durant did a little of both in Wednesday's 118-103 win at Memphis, shooting just eight times -- and making all eight -- before going 4-for-5 down the stretch to rescue a Warriors team that had fallen behind by one point.

He finished with 28 points, shooting a career-best 12-for-13, to complement five assists.

Draymond Green gushed over Durant's ability to change gears in the middle of a game.

"It was amazing," he assured reporters. "He was picking and choosing his spots early on, facilitating, and then when we needed him the most, he just took over the game and got buckets for us. It was a great night from him, and we needed it."

The Warriors are healthy for their return visit to Minnesota, which isn't good news for the Timberwolves.

To make matters worse for the hosts, Golden State comes to town even better equipped to deal with Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, who has terrorized the Warriors in the three earlier meetings to the tune of 23.3 points and 14.3 rebounds per game.

Those numbers were 26 and 21, respectively, in last week's meeting.

But that was against a Warriors team that was resting DeMarcus Cousins. Golden State gave Andrew Bogut the start at center that night.

Since Ryan Saunders has taken over as interim coach from Tom Thibodeau, Towns has gotten busier. He is now the end-game in the Minnesota offense -- either a shot, a turnover or a free throw -- on 30 percent of the team's possessions.

One reason the ploy has been successful, Saunders explained to reporters, is that Towns has become a better passer. He's had three or more assists in each of his last seven games, raising his season average to a career-best 3.3

"He's being more patient," Saunders observed. "We work on it in practice and shootarounds. When a team does trap from the baseline, here are your outlets. He's basically able like a quarterback to go through his progressions."

Towns had four assists in last week's loss to Golden State. He'd totaled just five in the first two meetings this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 28, 2019

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