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Timberwolves blitz Golden State to finally sweep a back to back

Golden State suffered its sixth consecutive loss at Target Center.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots the ball as Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II (0) guards him during the fourth quarter Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Target Center in Minneapolis.
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves came out of the all-star break with a treacherous stretch of Memphis, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Golden State.

One win would’ve been acceptable in that span. Two would’ve been good.

They got three, with the last coming via a 129-114 win at home Tuesday over the Warriors.

The victory gave Minnesota (34-29) a back-to-back sweep, and marked the first time in six tries that Minnesota won the second game of a back to back. To emerge from the stretch with a winning record is a major step for a team with an outside shot of nabbing a top-six seed in the Western Conference.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt (8) guards him during the first quarter Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Target Center in Minneapolis.
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Karl-Anthony Towns dominated the game from the get-go, scoring 15 points in the opening frame. Outside of Kevon Looney, Golden State didn’t have anyone remotely capable of contending with Towns’ versatility inside or out. The big man finished with 39 points and nine rebounds.

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D’Angelo Russell continued his efficient scoring since he came out of the all-star break, tallying 22 points and seven assists on 8 for 17 shooting. Malik Beasley drained six triples to get to 20 points.

Steph Curry was tremendous, finishing with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists. It was Curry who kept Golden State (43-19) in the game with a number of surges to keep the margin within 10 until Minnesota’s strong start to open the final frame put the game away.

Golden State suffered its sixth consecutive loss at Target Center.

Certainly, injury luck played a role in the success, as it often does in the NBA. Cleveland was without its top four guards Monday, and Golden State didn’t have Draymond Green nor Klay Thompson among many others Tuesday. The Warriors were down to just nine healthy bodies after Moses Moody left the game in the first quarter with an eye injury. It was a continuation of the charmed life the Wolves have lived this season, facing few teams at full strength.

Minnesota was sans Anthony Edwards, who missed the game with knee tendinopathy.

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