Timberwolves shock Warriors in OT
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors hit an unexpected obstacle on their quest for a record 73 wins, blowing a 17-point lead and losing 124-117 in overtime to the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 35 points and Andrew Wiggins had 32 as Minnesota prevented Golden State (69-9) from becoming the second team to win 70 games in a season. The Warriors now must win their final four games to break the single-season wins record of 72 set by Chicago in 1995-96.
Stephen Curry had a rare off-shooting night as Golden State took its third loss against a team currently in last place in its division, following earlier defeats at Milwaukee in December and last month at the Los Angeles Lakers.
But this one came at home, where the Warriors had won a record 54 straight regular-season games before falling to Boston last Friday.
Klay Thompson scored 28 points, while Curry had 21 points and 15 assists despite missing 18 of 25 shots for the Warriors, who never led in the overtime.
Wiggins scored Minnesota's first six points of the extra session to give the Timberwolves their first lead since the first quarter. Muhammad drew the sixth foul on Draymond Green and made both foul shots to make it 114-109.
Curry and Thompson then both missed late 3-pointers and the Timberwolves won the game at the foul line, shocking the sellout crowd that came to celebrate a milestone victory.
Golden State got a big break late in regulation when a potential three-point play by Towns was overturned to an offensive foul when replay showed Curry was outside the restricted area when he drew contact from the rookie center.
But Minnesota still managed to tie the game on a spinning drive by Wiggins with less than 20 seconds to go and didn't allow the Warriors to get a shot off before the end of regulation.
It was a strange first half with Curry missing all eight shots he took from the field and not scoring a single point until making a pair of free throws with 27.8 seconds remaining. But he did record 10 assists as his teammates carried the scoring load with Harrison Barnes leading the way with 18 points in the half to help Golden State take a 55-46 lead at the break.
Curry didn't make his first shot from the field until hitting a 3-pointer with just over 9 minutes left in the third quarter. Curry then made three more from long range in a span of less than two minutes late in the quarter to help the Warriors take an 86-78 lead into the fourth.
SPURS 88, JAZZ 86: At Salt Lake City, Kawhi Leonard made the go-ahead jumper with 4.9 seconds left and scored 18 points for San Antonio, giving Tim Duncan his 1,000th regular-season victory. Rodney Hood missed the potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Utah fell a half-game behind Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference.
THUNDER 124, NUGGETS 102: At Denver, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to become the first player with 17 triple-doubles in a season in 27 years. Westbrook has the highest total since Magic Johnson had 17 for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988-89.
RAPTORS 96, HORNETS 90: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry had 12 of his 21 in the fourth quarter and Toronto handed Charlotte back-to-back losses for the first time in more than two months.
GRIZZLIES 108, BULLS 92: At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Vince Carter added 17 points and Memphis snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Chicago. Memphis used a strong defense to turn back the Bulls, who had won three of four.
CAVALIERS 109, BUCKS 80: At Milwaukee, J.R. Smith scored 21 points and went 7 of 11 from 3-point range to lead hot-shooting Cleveland over Milwaukee. Kevin Love added 17 points and shot 3 of 6 from behind the arc for the Cavaliers.
HEAT 107, PISTONS 89: At Miami, Goran Dragic scored 22 points to lead six Miami players in double figures, Dwyane Wade added 16 and the Heat beat Detroit. Josh Richardson also had 16 for Miami (45-32), which remained in fifth place in the airtight Eastern Conference playoff race.
HAWKS 103, SUNS 90: At Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 20 points, Kent Bazemore added 17 and Atlanta rallied from 13 down in the third quarter to beat Phoenix. Atlanta avoided its first three-game losing streak since Feb. 19-22 and moved one-half game ahead of idle Boston for third place in the Eastern Conference.
76ERS 107, PELICANS 93: At Philadelphia, Carl Landry scored 22 points to lead Philadelphia, ensuring that the 76ers won't tie their own league record for fewest victories in an 82-game season. Philadelphia improved to 10-68 and now is one win clear of the 1972-73 76ers, who set an NBA mark for futility with a 9-73 mark.
CLIPPERS 103, LAKERS 81: At Los Angeles, Chris Paul scored 25 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers. Jeff Green added 21 points off the bench for the Clippers, whose franchise-record 10-game victory streak over the Lakers is their second-longest active run against any opponent.