Steph Curry scores 46, keeps Warriors ahead of Wolves

Steph Curry led all scorers with 46 points as the Golden State Warriors remained perfect on the season with a 129-116 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on Thursday. Curry had 21 points after the first quarter and 25 at the half as the Warriors looked to run away with the game early. It was the fourth time this season Curry scored at least 20 points in a single quarter and his third 40-point game. He shot 15-for-25 on the night, including 8-for-13 from 3-point range. At 10-0, Golden State is off to the best start in franchise history. The 1960-61 Warriors opened 9-0. Guard Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 19 points. Center Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points in 19 minutes. The Timberwolves, who are 4-0 on the road this season, dropped to 0-4 at home. The Warriors scored the game’s first 10 points, including six by Curry.

He had 12 points and lifted the Warriors to a 22-10 lead before Minnesota called timeout less than halfway through the quarter. Curry finished the first quarter 6-for-9 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, as the Warriors led by 40-27 after the period. With the MVP on the bench, Minnesota pulled as close as 48-42 midway through the second but trailed 75-63 at the half. The 75 points scored by Golden State are the most by any team in a half this season. Wiggins had 14 first-half points, and Muhammad had 13. Curry scored 10 more in the third, including back-to-back threes as Golden State pushed its lead to its largest of the night at 21 points. However, the Wolves closed the quarter on an 11-0 run, capped by guard Kevin Martin’s 18-foot jumper at the buzzer to pull within 97-87. Martin started the fourth with a 3-pointer to get Minnesota back within single digits, and the Wolves clawed as close as 104-99 before the Warriors pulled away late. All five Warriors starters finished in double figures. Forward Draymond Green had 23 points to go with 12 assists and eight rebounds. Minnesota had seven players finish in double figures. Guard Andre Miller, seeing his first extended action of the season, had 11 points and four assists. Towns recorded the sixth double-double in the first eight games of his rookie season. Towns became the fourth player in the past 30 years to have at least six double-doubles in his first eight NBA games, joining Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson and Dikembe Mutombo. Towns is the first player since the 1985-86 season to average 16 points and 10 rebounds over his first eight games. NOTES: Warriors G Leandro Barbosa was out Thursday, and he also will miss the Saturday home game against the Brooklyn Nets while tending to a family matter in Brazil. … Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio missed his second consecutive game with a left hamstring strain. … Timberwolves G Andrew Wiggins was back in the starting lineup after not playing Tuesday because of a sore knee. … Minnesota will play the second half of back-to-back games Friday against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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