Love continues double-double streak as T-Wolves snap skidFeb 28, 2011 - 1:40 AM Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Kevin Love notched his 46th consecutive double-double with 37 points and 23 rebounds as Minnesota snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 126-123 win over Golden State.
Michael Beasley tallied 25 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who hadn't won since February 8 when they beat Houston 112-108. Wesley Johnson added 17 points and seven rebounds while Luke Ridnour chipped in 13 points and five assists.
Stephen Curry posted 33 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who dropped their third straight game. Dorell Wright had 26 points while David Lee and Monta Ellis each scored 20 points.
Ellis had six steals, including three key steals to make the game close in the final minute of play, while Lee grabbed 10 boards.
In the third quarter, the Timberwolves turned a four-point deficit into as much as a 17-point lead. They hit 3-of-5 three-pointers in the quarter and used a 18-3 run to take a 89-78 lead after Ridnour hit a technical free throw with 6:23 left.
Love's two free throws with 68 seconds left finished off Minnesota's big quarter, while Curry answered moments later with a pair of free throws making it a 104-89 game heading into the final frame.
"We didn't play well in the third quarter," Lee said. "We couldn't get any offense and we couldn't back anyone on defense."
Golden State was able to slice into the lead during the fourth quarter. David Lee netted two from the line to cap off a 10-4 run and made it a five-point deficit, 116-111, with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game.
Curry nailed a trey to get within one 119-118 shortly after. Minnesota then responded with a Ridnour long ball and Johnson's jumper.
It was back to a one-point game quickly when Curry hit another trifecta and Ellis dunked the ball off a steal near half court with 1:42 left to play.
Minnesota could not extend the lead and Ellis got another key steal with 17.9 seconds left to give the Warriors a chance to win the game. They gave the ball to Ellis on the ensuing possession, but he was blocked by Johnson and Minnesota sealed the game from the free throw line.
"Our defense was terrible in the first half," Love said. "We didn't play that great of a first half. We kept fighting in the second half. Some things didn't go our way in the fourth quarter, but we hit some big shots in the end."
Wright scored the first 10 points for Golden State as they trailed 14-10, 3 1/2 minutes in. The Warriors then scored the last six points of the quarter to take a 41-32 advantage into the second.
The visitor's lead was pushed to 14, 47-33 early in the next quarter after Curry hit a long jumper. However, the Timberwolves chiseled away at the deficit the rest of the half as Anthony Toliver's three-pointer made it a 73-69 game at the break.
Golden State began a seven-game road trip against the T-Wolves and will travel to the Pacers, Wizards, Celtics, Sixers, Cavs and Nets, and is 7-19 on the road...The loss snapped a four-game win streak in Minnesota...Toliver and Nikola Pekovic had 12 and 11 points respectively in the win. Toliver added 10 rebounds...Minnesota turned the ball over 20 times, creating 28 points for the Warriors...Love finished with his fourth 30+ point, 20+ rebound game of the season.
- GOLDEN STATE: 123
Feb 27 7:37 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 89
End of 3rd
Feb 27 6:56 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 73
Feb 27 6:11 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 41
End of 1st
Feb 27 5:38 PM
- GOLDEN STATE: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Feb 27 5:12 PM
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