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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0020:00 ET6:00 PM CT23:00 , March 19, 2019
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Warriors end road trip with visit to reeling Timberwolves

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According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The Warriors are 2-0 against the Timberwolves this season, with both victories coming at home. Golden State has lost in each of its last two visits to Minnesota after winning in each of the previous 10. Overall, the Timberwolves enter tonight having won six in a row at home.
  2. Golden State moved to 2-1 on its current road trip after a 111-105 loss in San Antonio yesterday. The Warriors moved to 1-12 this season when scoring 105 points or fewer -- they are 46-10 otherwise.
  3. Stephen Curry had 25 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and six three-pointers in the loss, his 80th career game with at least 25 points, five boards, five assists and five threes. The only other player in league history with more than 30 such games is James Harden, as he has 72.
  4. The Timberwolves went 0-3 on their road trip, most recently losing in Houston on Sunday, 117-102. Minnesota shot 41.3 percent on field goals in the loss, its worst mark in 19 games since February 1.
  5. Karl-Anthony Towns posted his fourth consecutive double-double on Sunday and his ninth in 10 games since the All-Star break. In those 10 contests, he is averaging 32.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 three-pointers while shooting 56.9 percent from the field and 48.4 percent from beyond the arc.
  6. Kevin Durant is averaging 27.7 points against the Timberwolves in his career, the second-highest average all-time versus Minnesota (minimum five games), bested only by Michael Jordan's 29.2 points per game.

Golden State is rounding into playoff form as the regular season winds down and the Warriors remain in a battle with the Denver Nuggets for the top spot in the Western Conference

Minnesota, losers of three straight, can't wait for a disastrous season that began with so much hope and promise to come to an end.

While not officially eliminated, the Timberwolves are playing out the string at eight and a half games behind the eighth-place Los Angeles Clippers and they have less than a 1 percent chance of joining the Warriors in the postseason.

The Warriors and Timberwolves meet for the third time this season, and for the first time at Minnesota, on Tuesday. Golden State won both of the earlier games.

Golden State will be playing the final game of a four-game road trip. The Warriors are 2-1 after losing on Monday night to the hottest team in the league -- San Antonio, which now has won nine straight.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had off nights, going a combined 14-for-43 from the field. Denver beat Boston on Monday and now the Nuggets and Warriors have identical 47-22 records.

On Nov. 2, the Warriors pulled away late going 13-for-22 from the field and beating the Timberwolves by 17.

Minnesota trailed by only four heading into the fourth quarter and in a blink of an eye they were down by 15.

"It's our job to make it as hard as possible to hit shots like that," Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns told reporters after that game. "We did a good job making it difficult on them the whole night, it's just that when they start hitting shots, we just stopped."

Rookie Josh Okogie has been a bright spot in the Timberwolves' turbulent season despite averaging only 7.3 points per game and he was struggling mightily before Sunday's loss against Houston. He admitted the rigors of the long season might be catching up with him.

"I always tell people I've played more games in the NBA now than I've played my whole college tenure," Okogie told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. "It's definitely hard but it's what I signed up for and I'm grateful."

Known more for being a dogged defender, the Georgia Tech product is coming off his best offensive game, scoring 21 points against the Rockets.

He guarded James Harden and held the league's leading scorer to just 20 points, nearly 16 points below his average.

"He had a great game," Tyus Jones said. "It's all a process and a grind of a season and that's the good thing about having so many games is you get a chance to bounce back and turn things around quickly."

Okogie, no doubt will have the unenviable task of trying to stop, or slow down, Curry.

In a Dec. 10 loss to the Warriors, the Timberwolves were unable to stop Curry, who scored 38 points. Or Klay Thompson, who scored 26. Or Kevin Durant, who scored 22.

Minnesota is very good at home, compiling a 23-10 record, but the Timberwolves face an uphill battle in trying to stop Curry and Thompson. Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose remain injured and their status for Tuesday's game is in limbo.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 19, 2019

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