After sluggish starts led to two straight losses, Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr made a switch to the starting lineup on Wednesday night and the Dubs responded with a strong opening quarter and picked up a 130-108 win over the Timberwolves.
The Warriors yielded 40 and 39 points in the first quarters on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Citing defensive reasons, Coach Kerr inserted Kevon Looney into the first five, and the adjustment seemed to pay instant dividends. The Dubs made eight of their first 12 shots and opened the game on a 19-4 run, leading by as many as 17 points in the opening period.
|Curry – 36||Green – 6||Green – 4|
|Wiggins – 23||Wiggins – 6||Looney – 4|
|Oubre – 14||Oubre – 6||Oubre – 4|
|Beasley – 30||Reid – 10||Rubio – 11|
|Edwards – 15||Beasley – 7||McLaughlin – 5|
|McLaughlin – 15||Davis – 7||3 Tied – 2|
It helped that the Timberwolves were without their two leading scorers in center Karl-Anthony Towns (22.0 ppg; health and safety protocols) and former Warrior D’Angelo Russell (20.5 ppg; right quad contusion), but still, Minnesota found ways to stay in the game. Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley picked up the scoring load with 30 points and brought the Timberwolves within eight points with 6:45 to go in the fourth quarter with an…