NBA regular season

All-Star starters steer Warriors past Timberwolves

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All-Star starters steer Warriors past Timberwolves

OVERPOWERED. Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards looks to pass the ball between Warriors guard Stephen Curry and forward Andrew Wiggins.

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Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins lead a long-range barrage as the Warriors avenge their 20-point loss against the Timberwolves

Freshly named All-Star starters Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins combined for 11 three-pointers and Klay Thompson added five of his own, shooting the Golden State Warriors to a 124-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in San Francisco on Thursday, January 27 (Friday, January 28, Manila time).

Curry went for a team-high 29 points, Thompson scored 23, and Wiggins had 19 for the Warriors, who won their fourth straight and their fifth out of six on an ongoing seven-game homestand.

Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Timberwolves, who lost D’Angelo Russell in the third quarter to a shin injury.

After breaking out of a three-point-shooting slump by making 17-of-43 in a 130-92 home romp over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, the Warriors picked up right where they left off, burying 21-of-36 against the Timberwolves.

The 58.3% accuracy rate from beyond the arc was easily the Warriors’ best of the season, while the 21 made threes equaled their second-most of the campaign.

Curry, who earned his eighth All-Star selection when starters were named for the February 10 showcase earlier in the day, shot 6-for-10 from deep to account for a majority of his points.

Wiggins, a former Minnesota player who was mobbed by teammates upon arriving at the arena to celebrate the announcement of his first All-Star assignment, went 5-for-8 from three-point range.

Thompson completed the 16-bomb, three-man attack with 5-for-9 accuracy, his first game with more than three since returning from knee and Achilles surgeries on January 9.

Jordan Poole joined in the long-range barrage with three on a 19-point night, while Otto Porter Jr. added 11 points.

In avenging a 20-point loss at Minnesota earlier this month, the Warriors shot 53.7% overall.

Anthony Edwards amassed 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Timberwolves, who had won two in a row and four of their previous five.

Jaden McDaniels had 14 points and Jaylen Nowell 10 for Minnesota, which was outscored 63-30 on three-pointers.

The Timberwolves led 61-57 at halftime, but the Warriors took control early in the third quarter and were up by 14 entering the fourth. Minnesota never got closer than 5 points in the final period. – Rappler.com