Klay Thompson scored a game-high 28 factors for the Warriors.(Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr won’t ever want for a star participant to take a seat injured as Kevin Durant did towards Minnesota on Wednesday evening.

The Golden State coach positive noticed quite a lot of encouraging indicators from many in his supporting solid to select up the slack with the NBA Finals MVP nursing a bruised left thigh.

The good ol’ standbys did their share of dazzling, too.

Klay Thompson scored 28 factors with six Three-pointers, Stephen Curry had 22 factors, eight badists and eight rebounds, and the Warriors beat the Timberwolves 125-101 for his or her fifth straight win.

Even with out injured KD, the defending champs started to appear like their dominant selves behind one other robust defensive efficiency.

“Five guys helping and communicating, talking, it was a thing of beauty tonight,” Curry stated of the protection.

Draymond Green posted one other balanced effort with seven factors, six rebounds, six badists and two blocks for the Warriors, who performed with out NBA Finals MVP Durant as he nursed a bruised left thigh.

Andre Iguodala began instead of Durant, and the 2015 Finals MVP scored a season-high 11 factors. The Warriors notched a season-best quarter with 44 factors within the third to tug away after main 51-50 at halftime.

“I actually kind of like these games when we have to sit somebody,” Kerr stated. “We have so much talent, we can afford to miss one of our main guys. It’s good for the team, it’s good for morale, it’s good for individual development, and it forces the group to play together when you’re missing one of your main guys.”

Andrew Wiggins scored 17 factors and Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 factors and 12 rebounds because the Timberwolves had their five-game successful streak snapped.

This marked the primary regular-season matchup between the groups after they performed a pair of exhibition video games in China final month.

It’s the primary time the groups confronted off every atop their respective divisions. Only thrice beforehand had they performed each with data of .500 or above.

“We got humbled tonight,” Minnesota’s Taj Gibson stated. “That’s the kind of level we want to get to, the way they’re playing over there.”


Thompson shot 11-for-20 total and 6-of-12 from lengthy vary. Omri Cbadpi added 13 factors, three blocks and two steals.

Golden State needed to overcome one other chilly begin on offense, taking pictures Eight-for-22 within the first quarter — Four-of-10 on 3s. Two days earlier in a win towards Miami, the Warriors shot 36.Eight% and 11-of-32 from past the arc.

CAUTION WITH DURANT: Durant categorized his damage as “nothing too serious.” He stated he damage the quadriceps muscle the primary play of the sport towards the Heat on Monday.

“If this were a playoff game, he’d be playing, but it’s not, so it makes perfect sense to give him tonight off,” Kerr stated. “We have a couple more nights before our next game. He should be fine I would think by then.”

KD hopes to play Saturday towards the 76ers. “Probably, we’ll see,” he stated.

ATTLES RETURNS: Warriors nice Al Attles returned to Oracle Arena sooner or later after his 81st birthday and the complete area sang “Happy Birthday” in the course of the second quarter as Attles waved and smiled. A former participant, coach and common supervisor of the workforce — he was a part of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point sport — he had missed an evening honoring him Oct. 27.

FUNNY MOMENT: When Kerr introduced pregame that Iguodala would exchange Durant, he stopped and instructed everybody they may tweet out the information earlier than he resumed the media session.

“Is everybody ready to tweet?” he stated.

Then, he started clipping his fingernails and stated the media might let him know when able to proceed.

“Hang on, I’ve got a troublesome cuticle,” he quipped.

TIP-INS: Timberwolves — Minnesota missed all eight of its Three-pointers within the opening interval and its first 11 total earlier than Nemanja Bjelica hit the Timberwolves’ first make from deep on the 7:24 mark of the second quarter. … The T-Wolves misplaced a 3rd straight and 17th in 22 on Golden State’s residence flooring.

Warriors — Golden State had its fourth 40-point quarter of the season. … The Warriors blocked 9 photographs, their 11th time in 12 video games with at the least seven swats. … Six completely different bench gamers scored at the least six factors, Nick Young with 12 and David West 10. … Young had 5 badists and 4 steals. … Golden State had 37 badists.

UP NEXT: Timberwolves at Phoenix on Saturday evening. Warriors look to beat Philadelphia for a ninth straight time total and sixth in a row at residence Saturday evening.


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