Warriors win, halt Love's double-double streakMar 14, 2011 - 6:10 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Curry scored 24 points and the Golden State Warriors not only coasted to a 100-77 win over Minnesota, but also halted Kevin Love's NBA-record double-double streak at 53 games.
Love was pulled with 4:08 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Timberwolves trailing by 23 points. He scored just six points and had 12 rebounds -- the first time since November 19 that he failed to reach double digits in both categories.
"I feel a big weight off my shoulders," said Love. "I'm pretty happy with what I did. I don't think we should look at it as the streak came to an end. For me it's a time to reflect on what I did well."
Deserving most of the credit was David Lee, who was physical with Love all night. Despite playing more than 36 minutes, Lee scored just eight points -- well below his season average of 16.
"The player who was going to guard Love tonight wasn't going to be involved in the offense at all," said Warriors head coach Keith Smart. "To get to where we wanted to be tonight, someone had to sacrifice and that's what [Lee] did."
Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright added 16 points apiece for the Warriors, who have won three of their last four on the heels of a stretch where they went 1-6.
Michael Beasley and Martell Webster both scored 16 for Minnesota and Luke Ridnour chipped in 13. The Timberwolves committed 27 turnovers and their 77 points were a season-low for a Golden State opponent.
The Warriors were coming off a 123-120 overtime victory against the Orlando Magic on Friday, when they buried a franchise-record 21 three-pointers and erased a 21-point deficit in the first half.
Besides stifling Love, they needed no such heroics against the Timberwolves.
In control for most of the game, Golden State carried a 26-23 lead into the second quarter and a 49-44 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The Warriors then opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run, all but putting the game away. Lee started it with a jumper, and Wright finished it with a dunk that made it 62-46 midway through the frame.
Golden State carried a 75-59 lead into the fourth and never let the Timberwolves get closer than 15 the rest of the way. The Warriors went ahead by as many as 24 down the stretch.
Love had two points in each of the first two quarters, then one point in the third and one in the fourth. He attempted just six shots, making one, and was 4-of-6 at the foul line.
He set the NBA's post-merger record for consecutive double-doubles, passing Moses Malone's mark of 51 last week. Malone's mark stood for more than 31 years.
"I'm not too upset that the streak's come to an end," said Love. "If we were winning and I was getting this, it would mean a lot more."
Golden State was comfortable enough to sit starters Wright, Ellis and Andris Biedrins for the entire fourth quarter. Lee played almost seven minutes, of course, doing his job to end Love's streak.
"An excellent job," Ellis said.
Golden State has won 13 of the last 17 meetings in this series...The Timberwolves started a three-game road trip that also includes treks to play the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.
- MINNESOTA: 77
GOLDEN STATE: 100
Mar 13 11:28 PM
- MINNESOTA: 59
GOLDEN STATE: 75
End of 3rd
Mar 13 10:52 PM
- MINNESOTA: 44
GOLDEN STATE: 49
Mar 13 10:08 PM
- MINNESOTA: 23
GOLDEN STATE: 26
End of 1st
Mar 13 9:37 PM
- MINNESOTA: 0
GOLDEN STATE: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Mar 13 9:12 PM
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