Curry, Warriors too much for Timberwolves
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 34 points in the first half, Klay Thompson made three 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes and the Golden State Warriors set yet another franchise record in a 110-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
The Warriors broke their franchise record with their 37th home win. They have lost only twice at home and lead the NBA with a 65-15 record.
Curry wasn't as sharp as he was two nights earlier when he had 45 points in Golden State's win over Portland but he was just as effective. The All-Star point guard made five 3-pointers, went 11 of 21 from the floor and had seven assists to help the Warriors complete a four-game sweep of the Timberwolves.
Thompson had 23 points, Draymond Green added 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins had 17 points, six rebounds and nine assists for Minnesota. The Timberwolves have dropped 10 straight to fall to 16-64.
Minnesota trailed by as much as 17 but pulled to 94-93 on Zach LaVine's jumper.
Thompson, who missed his first five shots from beyond the arc, made his first 3-pointer to put the Warriors up 97-93 with 3:51 left. Green followed with a fast-break layup and, after Chase Budinger scored for Minnesota, Thompson made his second 3 and Curry added a three-point play to make it 105-95.
Golden State long ago clinched a spot in the postseason and will be the top seed in the Western Conference.
Curry is making sure the Warriors go in on a roll.
In two games since Golden State suffered back-to-back losses to San Antonio and New Orleans, Curry has been nearly unstoppable with 79 points and 17 assists.
He scored 15 points in the first quarter the helped the Warriors pull away in the third. Curry made a 17-foot jumper from the baseline, fed Barnes for a thunderous alley-oop dunk then sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to extend the Warriors lead to 86-69.
Golden State trailed 31-28 in the first quarter before pulling away.
Barnes had a dunk off an offensive rebound and added a 3-pointer as part of an 11-3 run midway through the second period. Festus Ezeli's dunk put the Warriors up 60-55 at halftime.
Timberwolves: Point guard Ricky Rubio will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Monday in Southern California. Rubio has played in only 22 games this season. ... Kevin Garnett is hopeful of playing in one of the final two games but it seems unlikely. "I think he doesn't feel his leg is strong enough where it needs to be at, because he doesn't want to take a chance where it can prevent him from having an opportunity to play next year," coach Flip Saunders said.
Warriors: Injured reserve guard Leandro Barbosa (right Achilles) sat out his second straight game but is expected to be available for Monday's game against Memphis. ... F James Michael McAdoo was recalled from the Developmental League before the game.
Timberwolves: Host New Orleans on Monday night.
Warriors: Host Memphis on Monday night.