Andrew Wiggins scored his second-most points of the season (23) in his first game against his former team, but he insisted his performance wasn't personal after the Warriors' 130-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
"Stuff happens. It's a business," Wiggins said in a postgame interview with TV broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike. "I'm happy here. I'm happy with the team, with the coaches, my role on the team and hopefully we can keep it going and have a successful season."
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Wiggins No. 1 overall in the 2014 draft, but he never lived up to the lofty expectations placed upon him after the Timberwolves acquired him in the Kevin Love trade. He's among the all-time leaders in multiple offensive categories for Minnesota, but Monday's performance highlighted how last year's trade has rejuvenated the 25-year-old Canadian.
Wiggins' 23 points Monday came on 10-of-19 shooting and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed six rebounds, picked up three steals and blocked three shots, living up to the nickname -- "Two-Way Wiggs" -- some have been calling him in recent days.
This season, Wiggins has made a career-best 40.7 percent of his 3-pointers and averaged a career-low 1.6 turnovers per game. The offensive ability he showed off after the trade last February is no flash in the pan, and he credits his play within the Warriors' offense to greater composure.
"I'm just staying under control," Wiggins said. "Trying to go at my own speed, and not trying to rush anything. The offense on this team is great. We all get touches. We're all in great rhythm, so when I get the ball, I just try to make the best decision possible."
Wiggins and the Warriors have a rematch against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. If he didn't have extra juice in his first matchup with Minnesota, Wiggins will have a harder time finding it in the second.
The good news for Golden State is that he didn't exactly need it Monday night, so Wednesday shouldn't be an issue, either.