Warriors fumble away another road game in Minnesota


Uh oh. It happened again.

The Warriors have been remarkably inconsistent on the road this season, often doomed by sloppy ball-handling and failed finishes. Their troubles away from Chase Center continued on Wednesday, as the Warriors lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-114 in overtime despite leading by as many as 14.

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Golden State’s offense cooled down in the extra period, as the Dubs made just 2-of-7 field goals and couldn’t get a stop on Minnesota’s final possession. Naz Reid collected his own missed 3-pointer and threw down a menacing one-handed slam to make it a two-score game.

The Warriors committed 17 turnovers, including a crucial call on Draymond Green with 1:26 remaining in the game. But there were a number of careless passes and possessions you could point to throughout the night.

"I thought we had control of the game and then I thought we just kinda gift-wrapped it," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Not to take anything away from Minnesota, I thought they were great. They took advantage of our mistakes and our lack of execution."

Steph Curry made some mesmerizing plays but went 8-of-21 from the floor en route to his 29 points. No other Warriors players scored more than 18 (Jordan Poole), as Klay Thompson (3-of-13, 14 points) had a slow shooting night.

The Warriors had their chances to win in regulation, but they are now 7-19 away from Chase Center this season. Minnesota outscored Golden State 37-21 after the third quarter.

Golden State stabilized after a sloppy start, but began to unravel again in the third quarter and fourth quarter. The T-Wolves used a 21-9 run to take a lead midway through the final period before the teams traded the lead down the stretch.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr went to a defensive-minded lineup of Donte DiVincenzo, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond and Kevon Looney during a key late possession. Ultimately the Wolves missed a 3-pointer to set up the Warriors with a chance for the final shot of the game.

With about five seconds left in regulation, Steph Curry broke off a screen from Klay and got a wide-open look at a mid-range shot but it rimmed out. The Warriors got another stop to send the game to overtime.

Golden State has to be leaving Minnesota feeling like another one got away. The Warriors were on the verge of winning their third straight road contest and securing their second straight winning road trip. Now they’ll have to beat the West-leading Denver Nuggets Thursday on a back-to-back.

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