Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 125-119 OT loss to T-Wolves

Logan Murdock

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MINNEAPOLIS - D'Angelo Russell did nearly everything for Golden State on Friday night.

And it still wasn't enough.

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In Golden State's latest loss -- a 125-119 overtime nail-biting defeat to the Timberwolves --  Russell's career-high 52 points wasn't enough to hand Minnesota its fourth loss of the year. 

With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson out for an extended time, the current roster is prioritizing development over winning. By the end of the night, Russell made sure they got a bit of both. 

Here are the takeaways from Friday's win. 

D'Angelo Returns

After missing three games with a sprained ankle, Russell scored 12 of his career-high 52 points in the first quarter, a performance he carried for much of the night. 

With an ultra-green light, Russell scored 35 second-half points, including a 33-foot 3-pointer to close the third quarter. 

The performance was a welcome sight for Russell. Though he was averaging 19 points per game entering Friday's game, Russell was shooting just 38 percent from the field. Entering Friday, the Warriors were minus-80 when he was on the floor. 

The 23-year-old is uber-talented and as he displayed with the Brooklyn Nets, Russell can lead an offense in the right system. With Curry and Thompson out until at least February, Russell will have ample opportunities to show it.  

Paschall struggles

With injuries mounting, Paschall has easily Golden State's best player over the last week. On Friday, the rookie forward had a tough time, finishing with 12 points on just 3-of-10 from the field. 

Paschall struggled to rebound against the size of Minnesota's frontcourt, finishing with just one rebound on the night. 

The rookie entered the game averaging nearly 30 points and eight rebounds over his last three games. Now, teams are starting to scout for his weaknesses, leading to less gaudy box scores. But if the last week was any indication, the Warriors got a solid long term piece. 

Burks plays well again

Two nights after scoring a season-high 28 points, Burks churned in a solid performance Friday evening, finishing with 18 points, including two 3-pointers. 

For the Warriors, Burks provides a tall wing who can score, something the Warriors desperately need with the current roster set up. In Wednesday's loss to Houston, he briefly provided an offensive calm in the first half. Two nights later, he provided more of the same. 

Last season, Burks was traded twice, including a brief stint with the Sacramento Kings, where he averaged just 1.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists. This summer, he came to Golden State to revitalize a once-promising career. With his last two performances, he's doing just that.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 125-119 OT loss to T-Wolves originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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