MINNEAPOLIS — One day after the Warriors failed to find their shot in San Antonio, the defending champs found the necessary energy to put on a shooting display on the second night of a back-to-back.
In Tuesday’s 117-107 win over the Timberwolves, the Warriors shot 48.4 percent from the field, dishing out 39 assists to just 13 turnovers.
Following the NBA All-Star break, members of the team said they wanted to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference by season’s end. This win brought them closer that goal, as they finished their four-game trip 3-1 and maintained a half-game lead over the Denver Nuggets atop the conference standings.
Here are the takeaways from the matchup at Target Center.
The Chef cooked: After surrendering a 9-0 run to start the second half, the Warriors outscored the T-Wolves 21-7 over the last nine minutes. Stephen Curry scored 22 points in the quarter, helping Golden State blow open the contest.
Curry, who finished with 36 points, hit his 300th 3-pointer of the season, marking the third time in his NBA career that has eclipsed that milestone in a season.
Splash revival: Less than 24 hours after Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 14 of 43 from the field, the Splash Brothers put on a display. This time, they combined to shoot 23 of 42.
Thompson, who missed his first eight shots Monday night, was 5 of 5 in the first quarter, helping the Warriors overcome a sluggish start. He finished with 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting.
Jerebko balled out: After toiling on the bench for most of the calendar year, Jonas Jerebko made the most of his opportunity with DeMarcus Cousins sidelined.
Jerebko scored 18 points in 18 minutes, including 14 points in the second quarter, helping the Warriors secure a 59-47 halftime lead.
When Jerebko signed last summer, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the eight-year veteran that his minutes would fluctuate. Over the past 21 games, the forward has had six DNPs. Kerr tends to reward players following big performances, though, so Jerebko’s minutes could see an uptick in upcoming games.
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