SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sure, Andrew Wiggins had a little extra juice for this one.
Stephen Curry scored 36 points with seven three-pointers, Wiggins took it to his old Timberwolves team for 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Minnesota 130-108 yesterday after coach Steve Kerr shook up his starting five.
Facing the Timberwolves for the first time since his trade last February, Wiggins showed a steadiness that was missing at times when he played in Minneapolis. He drove the lane for pull-up jumpers, dunked, hit from long range, made three steals, blocked three shots and grabbed all six of his rebounds on the offensive glass.
“It’s all good playing against my former team. They still have some guys left, so it was good to see them, catch up and compete,” Wiggins said. “It’s all love for those guys. It’s part of the business.”
Curry shot 11 for 21 overall and seven of 12 from deep as the Warriors avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. “Thankfully we made some timely shots to open up the game and built up momentum,” Curry said. Malik Beasley scored 30 points with four 3s to lead Minnesota, which fell behind early with poor shooting and failed to gain any momentum from snapping a four-game losing streak on Saturday.
Curry has 2,569 career three-pointers after he passed Reggie Miller for second place in NBA history in Saturday’s road loss to the Jazz. Ray Allen is first with 2,973.
Golden State delivered a far better start after falling behind 14-0 to the Jazz and trailing by as many as 40 in the 127-108 defeat at Utah.
“They played like a team that had just come off a tough loss,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. “That’s a team with a championship pedigree and championship standards. You know they were going to have that. They really forced us into a couple tough stretches, early in the game and late in the game.”
D’Angelo Russell was held out in what would have been his first matchup against his former Warriors team because of a bruised right quadriceps muscle.