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Curry, Thompson find their touch as Warriors beat T-Wolves

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Steve Kerr will never wish for a star player to sit injured as Kevin Durant did against Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The Golden State coach sure saw a lot of encouraging signs from many in his supporting cast to pick up the slack with the NBA Finals MVP nursing a bruised left thigh.

The good ol' standbys did their share of dazzling, too.

Klay Thompson scored 28 points with six 3-pointers, Stephen Curry had 22 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Warriors beat the Timberwolves 125-101 for their fifth straight win.

Even without injured KD, the defending champs began to look like their dominant selves behind another strong defensive performance.

''Five guys helping and communicating, talking, it was a thing of beauty tonight,'' Curry said of the defense.

Draymond Green posted another balanced effort with seven points, six rebounds, six assists and two blocks for the Warriors, who played without NBA Finals MVP Durant as he nursed a bruised left thigh.

Andre Iguodala started in place of Durant, and the 2015 Finals MVP scored a season-high 11 points. The Warriors notched a season-best quarter with 44 points in the third to pull away after leading 51-50 at halftime.

''I actually kind of like these games when we have to sit somebody,'' Kerr said. ''We have so much talent, we can afford to miss one of our main guys. It's good for the team, it's good for morale, it's good for individual development, and it forces the group to play together when you're missing one of your main guys.''

Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Timberwolves had their five-game winning streak snapped.

This marked the first regular-season matchup between the teams after they played a pair of exhibition games in China last month.

It's the first time the teams faced off each atop their respective divisions. Only three times previously had they played both with records of .500 or above.

''We got humbled tonight,'' Minnesota's Taj Gibson said. ''That's the kind of level we want to get to, the way they're playing over there.''

Thompson shot 11 for 20 overall and 6 of 12 from long range. Omri Casspi added 13 points, three blocks and two steals.

Golden State had to overcome another cold start on offense, shooting 8 for 22 in the first quarter - 4 of 10 on 3s. Two days earlier in a win against Miami, the Warriors shot 36.8 percent and 11 of 32 from beyond the arc.

CAUTION WITH DURANT

Durant categorized his injury as ''nothing too serious.'' He said he hurt the quadriceps muscle the first play of the game against the Heat on Monday.

''If this were a playoff game, he'd be playing, but it's not, so it makes perfect sense to give him tonight off,'' Kerr said. ''We have a couple more nights before our next game. He should be fine I would think by then.''

KD hopes to play Saturday against the 76ers.

''Probably, we'll see,'' he said.

ATTLES RETURNS

Warriors great Al Attles returned to Oracle Arena one day after his 81st birthday and the entire arena sang ''Happy Birthday'' during the second quarter as Attles waved and smiled. A former player, coach and general manager of the team - he was part of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game - he had missed a night honoring him Oct. 27.

FUNNY MOMENT

When Kerr announced pregame that Iguodala would replace Durant, he stopped and instructed everyone they could tweet out the news before he resumed the media session.

''Is everybody ready to tweet?'' he said.

Then, he began clipping his fingernails and said the media could let him know when ready to proceed.

''Hang on, I've got a troublesome cuticle,'' he quipped.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Minnesota missed all eight of its 3-pointers in the opening period and its first 11 overall before Nemanja Bjelica hit the Timberwolves' first make from deep at the 7:24 mark of the second quarter. ... The T-Wolves lost a third straight and 17th in 22 on Golden State's home floor.

Warriors: Golden State had its fourth 40-point quarter of the season. ... The Warriors blocked nine shots, their 11th time in 12 games with at least seven swats. ... Six different bench players scored at least six points, Nick Young with 12 and David West 10. ... Young had five assists and four steals. ... Golden State had 37 assists.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: At Phoenix on Saturday night.

Warriors: Look to beat Philadelphia for a ninth straight time overall and sixth in a row at home Saturday night.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
S. Curry
30 G
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
25.7 Pts. Per Game 25.7
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
54.7 Field Goal % 47.0
54.6 Three Point % 46.6
87.3 Free Throw % 93.8
+ 2 Aaron Brooks made reverse layup 0:21
  Offensive rebound by Tyus Jones 0:28
  Shabazz Muhammad missed alley-oop shot 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng 0:32
  Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Omri Casspi 0:42
  Gorgui Dieng missed jump shot 0:46
+ 1 Nick Young made free throw 0:55
  Shooting foul on Marcus Georges-Hunt 0:55
+ 2 Nick Young made jump shot 0:55
  Defensive rebound by Nick Young 1:02
Team Stats
Points 101 125
Field Goals 38-92 (41.3%) 48-85 (56.5%)
3-Pointers 5-24 (20.8%) 15-36 (41.7%)
Free Throws 20-27 (74.1%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 53 49
Offensive 9 3
Defensive 32 42
Team 12 4
Assists 21 37
Steals 15 10
Blocks 0 9
Turnovers 13 19
Fouls 14 23
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 7-4 22282625101
home team logo Warriors 9-3 22294430125
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 7-4 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Warriors 9-3 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
A. Wiggins F 17.7 PPG 4.4 RPG 2.0 APG 43.8 FG%
K. Thompson G 20.0 PPG 3.8 RPG 2.5 APG 48.8 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Wiggins F 17 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
K. Thompson G 28 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
41.3 FG% 56.5
20.8 3PT FG% 41.7
74.1 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 32 17 6 3 4 0 3 2 6/14 1/4 4/4 1 5 30 -16
K. Towns 27 16 12 1 1 0 1 1 5/11 1/4 5/7 3 9 30 -5
T. Gibson 26 14 7 0 0 0 1 2 5/10 0/1 4/4 0 7 20 -3
J. Teague 34 14 1 5 2 0 3 3 4/13 1/5 5/8 1 0 24 -20
J. Butler 31 11 3 5 2 0 1 1 5/12 1/2 0/0 0 3 25 -16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 32 17 6 3 4 0 3 2 6/14 1/4 4/4 1 5 30 -16
K. Towns 27 16 12 1 1 0 1 1 5/11 1/4 5/7 3 9 30 -5
T. Gibson 26 14 7 0 0 0 1 2 5/10 0/1 4/4 0 7 20 -3
J. Teague 34 14 1 5 2 0 3 3 4/13 1/5 5/8 1 0 24 -20
J. Butler 31 11 3 5 2 0 1 1 5/12 1/2 0/0 0 3 25 -16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dieng 20 8 7 0 2 0 2 0 4/8 0/0 0/0 3 4 15 -19
J. Crawford 18 6 0 2 0 0 2 2 3/8 0/3 0/0 0 0 8 -18
S. Muhammad 15 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 2/6 0/0 1/2 0 0 7 -9
A. Brooks 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 0 5 +1
N. Bjelica 14 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 1 7 -9
T. Jones 13 2 4 2 3 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 3 13 -4
M. Georges-Hunt 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -2
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 101 41 21 15 0 13 14 38/92 5/24 20/27 9 32 186 -120
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Thompson 33 28 5 3 1 0 1 2 11/20 6/12 0/1 0 5 39 +14
S. Curry 29 22 8 8 2 1 5 2 7/16 2/7 6/6 0 8 44 +16
A. Iguodala 20 11 3 1 0 1 0 2 4/5 1/2 2/3 1 2 17 +3
D. Green 27 7 6 6 0 2 4 1 3/6 0/2 1/2 0 6 23 +15
Z. Pachulia 14 0 5 2 0 1 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 8 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Thompson 33 28 5 3 1 0 1 2 11/20 6/12 0/1 0 5 39 +14
S. Curry 29 22 8 8 2 1 5 2 7/16 2/7 6/6 0 8 44 +16
A. Iguodala 20 11 3 1 0 1 0 2 4/5 1/2 2/3 1 2 17 +3
D. Green 27 7 6 6 0 2 4 1 3/6 0/2 1/2 0 6 23 +15
Z. Pachulia 14 0 5 2 0 1 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 8 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
O. Casspi 19 13 3 1 2 3 1 5 5/7 1/1 2/3 1 2 22 +9
N. Young 20 12 3 5 4 0 0 0 4/11 3/9 1/1 0 3 29 +9
D. West 12 10 4 3 0 1 2 0 4/5 0/0 2/2 0 4 19 +7
P. McCaw 16 8 1 1 1 0 1 3 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 1 11 +12
S. Livingston 18 8 2 5 0 0 1 1 4/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 19 +17
J. McGee 9 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 8 +15
K. Looney 11 0 1 1 0 0 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -1
J. Bell 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 4 +1
K. Durant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 125 45 37 10 9 19 23 48/85 15/36 14/18 3 42 244 +120