Golden State crushes Minnesota
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Monta Ellis scored 24 points and dished out
six assists as the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves,
106-86, at ORACLE Arena.
Jason Richardson had 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the
Warriors, who are neck-and-neck with the Los Angeles Clippers for the final
playoff spot in the Western Conference. Andris Biedrins had nine points and
12 rebounds for Golden State, which has won five of its last six games.
Kevin Garnett finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which has
lost three of its last four games. Randy Foye added 20 points and seven
assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost nine straight games on the road
and are starting to fade in their chase for the final playoff spot in the
Golden State limited Minnesota to 30.2 percent shooting from the field and
forced 25 turnovers in the game.
A Biedrins tip-in sparked an 11-2 Golden State run to start the game as the
Timberwolves missed their first seven shots. Minnesota, however, fought back
and were able to cut the margin to 25-21 after one quarter.
The Timberwolves opened the second frame with six consecutive points, capped
by a Rashad McCants dunk which put Minnesota ahead 27-25, but Golden State
took the lead for good with a 15-5 run midway through the period and took a
56-43 advantage to the locker room. Mickael Pietrus hit two triples during
Golden State ended any hope for Minnesota with a 16-7 spurt, capped by an
Ellis alley-oop dunk with 6:44 remaining in the third stanza. The Warriors led
72-50 at that point and were never threatened thereafter.
Minnesota’s Trenton Hassell made his return to the lineup after a four-game
absence due to a left ankle sprain. He finished scoreless in 11
minutes…Minnesota shot 3-of-19 from three-point range.