Instant Replay: Shorthanded Warriors beat T'Wolves, win 11th straight

Instant Replay: Shorthanded Warriors beat T'Wolves, win 11th straight


OAKLAND – The Warriors had Draymond Green’s back, had it so well that without him they were able to run away with their 11th consecutive victory.

Completing a back-to-back, road-and-home set, the Warriors on Saturday night returned to Oracle Arena and, after a sluggish start, found their stride in a 115-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Stephen Curry (34), Kevin Durant (28) and Klay Thompson (23) combined for 85 points to lead the offense. With Green sitting out to protect a contusion on his left ankle, it was a team effort on defense, particularly in the middle quarters, when Minnesota was held to 40 points.

The Warriors (15-2) recorded only 25 assists, snapping at 10 their streak of games with at least 30, a franchise record.

Shooting guard Zach LaVine scored 31 points to lead the Timberwolves (5-11), while center Karl-Anthony Towns had 18.

This was, for all intents and purposes, a Curry-Durant production.

Curry’s line: 34 points (13-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-8 beyond the arc, 4-of-4 from the line), seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-18 for the game.

Durant’s line: 28 points (10-of-17, 3-of-4, 5-of-5), 10 rebounds, five assists and a career-high six blocked shots. He played 38 minutes and was plus-11.

After a Ricky Rubio jumper gave Minnesota a 44-43 lead with 3:29 left in the second quarter, the Warriors responded with a 21-6 run spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second for a 64-50 lead with 8:53 left in the third quarter.

The Timberwolves got no closer than eight over the remainder of the game.

Warriors: F Draymond Green (L ankle contusion) and G Ian Clark (throat/neck soreness) were listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Timberwolves: C Nikola Pekovic (R ankle pain) was listed as out.

The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they play host to the Atlanta Hawks at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr jokes about wanting to trade spots with Andre Iguodala

Steve Kerr has accomplished a lot during his playing and coaching career.

He played four seasons for Lute Olson at Arizona. He spent 15 years playing in the NBA, and won five NBA titles during that time.

As a coach, Kerr has made the NBA Finals in each of his first four seasons with the Warriors, and has won three championships.

If you're Steve Kerr, there aren't many people you'd want to trade places with.

Except, there is one Warriors player Kerr would like to be.

"I definitely would trade spots with Andre [Iguodala]," Kerr said on Friday on 95.7 The Game. "I can only imagine what it has felt like to be Andre iguodala over the last 20 years playing basketball. That kind of athleticism, intelligence and feel, I could only dream about being the player he is."

Iguodala, a first-round pick in 2004, has won three titles with Kerr, was named NBA Finals MVP in 2015, was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game and will have earned nearly $170 million through contracts by the time his deal with the Warriors is up.

So, we can understand why Kerr might want to trade places with Iguodala.

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Kerr was asked a really tough question by host Damon Bruce: Who had the better playing career as an Arizona Wildcat, himself or Iguodala?

"How do I answer that?" Kerr joked. "I guess I did because I was there five years and he was there two years."

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Dirk Nowitzki remembers one thing most about 2007 Game 6 loss to Warriors

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Saturday afternoon at 4 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

May 3, 2017 is a special day in Golden State Warriors history.

The No. 8 seed Warriors knocked off the No. 1 seed Mavericks in Game 6 at Oracle Arena to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

Dirk Nowitzki -- who was named MVP about two weeks later -- had one of the worst games of his career. He scored just eight points and went 2-for-13 from the field.

But it was something that took place off the court that stands out more than anything for Dirk when he thinks about that difficult day.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic has the details:

“Crazy atmosphere,” Dirk remembered. “Crazy. One of the loudest buildings I’ve been in. The fans were so in it, any run they had.”

What does Dirk remember most? The pregame tailgates.

“It doesn’t happen much in basketball,” Dirk said. “Happens more in football, when the fans cookout before. But that was the case when we drove up to the arena two-and-a-half hours, three hours before tip.

“Fans were out there flipping us off, mooning us on our way in. It was crazy. As a competitor, fun to play, but it kind of pushed them to another level. The fans were a big part of that.”

On Saturday night, Dirk will play at Oracle for the last time in his career.

The crowds might not be as consistently loud as they were during the "We Believe" run in 2007, but the man who has scored the sixth most points in NBA history has a lot of respect for the people who have filled up Oracle over the years.

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“Oracle was always a fun place to play,” Nowitzki told The Athletic. “Even in the years early in my career, when the team wasn’t good, I thought the fans were always amazing there. Always great crowds. Always loud when they made runs. A great stop.

“They say the fans have changed a little bit. Because, yeah, obviously the ticket prices are a little higher than they used to be 20 years ago. But I didn’t really notice. It’s still super loud. Honestly, when Steph gets on one of his runs and starts shooting 3s from 35 feet, the place goes absolutely bonkers.”

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