Kevin Love scored 26 points and added 14 rebounds and 8 assists in a complete effort to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a close victory over the Golden State Warriors, 121-120. Minnesota (21-21) has now won three straight contests.
Love finished 7-18 (1-5 from three-point range) and 11-14 from the free throw line. Nikola Pekovic contributed 22 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota as well. Stephen Curry had another big game for Golden State despite the loss, putting up 33 points on 12-21 shooting, including 6-10 from behind the arc. He also tallied 15 assists. David Lee chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds.
In a showdown of strength versus strength, the rebounding battle favored Minnesota in this game. They proved once again to be among the league's elite on the offensive glass, finishing with an OR% of 30.4%. On the season, they rank third in that category (28.8%). The defense of Golden State ranks fourth in the NBA at corralling rebounds with a DR% of 76.1%.
This drops Golden State (26-18) to 1-1 against Minnesota on the year.
Next up on Saturday, the Timberwolves play the Trail Blazers (32-11). The Timberwolves have a 1-0 record against Portland this season. The Warriors are 0-1 versus Portland this season.