Wolves 107, Warriors 116

Wolves record: 15-63

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From Howlin' T-Wolf:  Quick Game Recap: Warriors 116, Wolves 107

 

From the Associated Press:

Don Nelson emerged from the Golden State Warriors locker room all disheveled from a wild celebration after finally overtaking Lenny Wilkens as the NBA's winningest coach.

His gray hair was soaked to the scalp not with Dom Perignon, but a concoction of fizzy soft drinks after a 116-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night gave Nelson win No. 1,333 for his career.

"We didn't have any champagne bottles, so we took some Sprite and some Mountain Dew and some water and sprayed it all over him," said Anthony Tolliver, who scored a career-high 34 points.

 

From the Associated Press:

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Al Jefferson has been deactivated for the game against Golden State for undisclosed "personal reasons."

Jefferson missed practice on Tuesday and the shootaround on Wednesday morning. Coach Kurt Rambis says the absences are excused and he hopes to have his leading scorer back for practice on Thursday.

 

From Jonah Ballow/Timberwolves site:

Minnesota missed its leading scorer, Al Jefferson, who did not attend the morning shootaround for personal reasons. Love replaced Jefferson in the starting lineup and snatched 18 boards in the loss. Shooting guard Wayne Ellington was also kept off the floor after suffering from strep throat this week.

Rookie Stephen Curry certainly made a case for a late Rookie of the Year campaign with a near quadruple-double in 44 minutes. The skinny Warriors point guard curled around pick-and-rolls all night to a tune of 27 points while finding open teammates, dishing out a game-high 14 assists. Curry added seven steals and eight boards in a truly impressive all-around performance.

 

From Ray Richardson/Pioneer Press:

The Wolves trailed by 11 at halftime and by as many as 27 in the third quarter before Golden State relaxed.

"For us to win, we have to get stops, and we got none tonight," said guard Corey Brewer, the Wolves' best defensive player. "No stops, you lose. The last few games we haven't played good defense. You can't get any wins in the NBA like that."

The Wolves have held only two opponents under 100 points since Feb. 24, a stretch of 18 games.

Rambis was especially disappointed with his team's defense against Tolliver, a 6-foot-8 forward who entered Wednesday's game with a 10.9-point average.

 

From Jim Beilby/NBA.com: 

Minnesota jumped out to a seven-point lead in the first quarter only to have it turned into a 14-point deficit a little more than a quarter.

Golden State led by as much as 27 before Minnesota made it a game, closing the gap to four with 43 second to play.

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