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James Wiseman pours in 25 as Warriors top Wolves again

Rookie James Wiseman led a balanced attack with a season-best 25 points, pacing the Golden State Warriors to a second win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in 3 days, 123-111, in San Francisco Wednesday night, January 27 (Thursday, January 28, Philippine time).

Kelly Oubre Jr (20), Andrew Wiggins (19), Damion Lee (17) and Stephen Curry (16) made it 5 Warriors with 16 or more points as Golden State completed a two-game sweep that began with a 130-108 home romp on Monday night.

No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft, Minnesota's Anthony Edwards, squaring off with No. 2 selection Wiseman for the second time in their NBA careers, had 25 points, one off his season best.

The Timberwolves lost for the sixth time in their last 7 games.

Using balanced scoring, Golden State trailed only briefly in the 2nd period, grabbed a seven-point advantage by halftime and eased away in the second half en route to its fifth two-game winning streak of the season. The Warriors have yet to win 3 in a row.

After Edwards had outscored Wiseman, 15-13, on Monday in their initial head-to-head, they dueled on near-even terms again in the rematch.

Wiseman surpassed his previous high point total of 20, set last week against the San Antonio Spurs. He matched his season best with 3 three-pointers (on 3 tries) and finished the night 9-for-14 overall. He also found time with 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Edwards, who had a total of just 23 three-pointers in his first 16 games, bombed in a season-best 5-on-8 attempts to account for a majority of his points. He also registered 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.

Golden State outshot Minnesota 52.9% to 42.5%, led by Oubre's 7-for-9 success. Wiggins made 8 of his 13 shots.

The Warriors' Kevon Looney was the game's leading rebounder with 10. Curry had a game-high 8 assists and added 6 rebounds one game after crushing the Timberwolves with 36 points.

Malik Beasley matched Edwards' 25 points while Naz Reid added 19 points and Jaylen Nowell 12 for the Timberwolves, who were once again without Karl-Anthony Towns (health and safety protocols) and D'Angelo Russell (quad).

The rookies were the star attractions in a first half that saw Curry go scoreless for the first 23-plus minutes. His only 2 points in the half came on a layup with 9 seconds remaining before the break.

Wiseman shot 3-for-3 from three-point range and totaled 14 points in the half, which ended with Golden State up 58-51.

Edwards was one better for the Timberwolves, going for 15 first-half points, mostly as a result of 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. – Rappler.com