Kevin Garnett had a string of four straight double-doubles snapped, but Minnesota continued its winning ways with an easy 114-93 rout of New Orleans on Friday. Garnett finished with 23 points and eight rebounds as the Timberwolves built a 17-point lead after three quarters and never looked back.
But it was an impressive shooting display by Troy Hudson that helped propel Minnesota to victory as the 6-1 guard drained four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points. The Timberwolves made a season-high 12 3-pointers in 19 attempts.
Minnesota has won two of three meetings with Golden State this season, but the Warriors captured the last matchup with a 107-98 victory on January 17. Sparkplug Earl Boykins came off the bench and scored 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting. The 5-5 Boykins put on a show with 20 points in the fourth quarter.
“Man, that little guy played great,” Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak said after that game. “What more can I say? You got to give him a lot of credit. He totally changed the tempo of the entire game, totally changed the whole game. We didn’t know what the (heck) to do. We really had no idea.”
Golden State has come out strong after the All-Star break with three straight road wins, including Friday’s 118-114 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors. Antawn Jamison scored 32 points and Jason Richardson netted 25.
The Warriors’ last three wins all came against Eastern Conference teams with losing records. They have lost three straight on the road to teams from the West.