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Durant has triple-double, Warriors hit 21 3s to beat Wolves

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant called himself a ''jerk.'' The Minnesota Timberwolves had a different description of the Golden State Warriors' All-Star forward, calling him ''the best scorer in the world.''

Durant had 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Warriors made a season-high 21 3-pointers in a 126-113 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each added 25 points for Golden State.

Durant was fined $15,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for his comments about referee James Williams after being ejected from Tuesday's win against the New York Knicks. He later apologized and said he had acted like a ''diva'' and a ''jerk.'' Also on Thursday, Durant said he was the first pick in the NBA All-Star draft conducted by team captains Curry and LeBron James.

''Life could be much worse. It was definitely a fun day,'' Durant said. ''I was looking forward to seeing who was going to be on the All-Star teams, looking forward to my fine and most of all looking forward to playing tonight.''

Durant went 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and continually pushed the ball down the court to create open shots for Curry and Thompson. Durant hit two 3s and Curry added a third in a 67-second span late in the third quarter, during which the Warriors (39-10) went 8 of 11 on 3-pointers, leading Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to throw up his arms in frustration.

Minnesota's Jamal Crawford said Durant has become a better passer, making him even more of an offensive threat.

''He's even more dangerous. He's already the best scorer in the world,'' Crawford said. ''If he has the assists, that just makes it tough to deal with.''

The Warriors matched their previous season high of 18 3-pointers by the end of the third quarter. They made 57 percent from behind the arc in the game, with Thompson hitting seven and Curry connecting on five. That pinpoint shooting allowed Warriors coach Steve Kerr to forgive his team for 15 turnovers and inconsistent defense.

''Our guys are so talented they lit up the scoreboard. They can win a lot of games without being totally dialed in and defending at a high level and that's what happened tonight,'' Kerr said. ''It wasn't our best effort, but talent wins.''

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Crawford added 21 points and Jeff Teague had 17 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which played its fourth straight game without Jimmy Butler, who has a sore right knee.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Thibodeau said before the game that Butler, an All-Star reserve, is ''close'' to returning, Minnesota is 2-2 in the four games Butler has missed.

Warriors: Curry became the fifth player in Warriors history to score 14,000 points, ending the game with 14,023. Curry, who is in his ninth season, trails Wilt Chamberlain (17,783), Rick Barry (16,447), Paul Arizin (16,266) and Chris Mullin (16,235) on the franchise list.

GRAND TIMES

Zaza Pachulia played in his 1,000th regular-season game, becoming the third Warriors player to reach that mark this season, joining David West and Andre Iguodala. It was game No. 109 for Pachulia in a Warriors jersey. Most of his games, 556, were played with the Atlanta Hawks.

BAD MATCHUP

Towns was unstoppable near the basket at times and the Timberwolves had a 60-44 advantage on points in the paint. But that didn't matter against the Warriors' outside marksmanship. ''You can't beat the Warriors if you're playing 2 versus 3. You can't trade 2s for 3s,'' Towns said. ''We did a great job fighting all night, but it seemed like we got so close, they just started raining 3s again. No matter, uncontested, contested, it didn't matter. They hit them when they needed to hit them. That's the sign of a championship team right there.''

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Brooklyn on Saturday, seeking a 10th straight home win.

Warriors: Host the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
S. Curry
30 PG
32.8 Min. Per Game 32.8
27.6 Pts. Per Game 27.6
6.5 Ast. Per Game 6.5
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
53.9 Field Goal % 49.2
53.6 Three Point % 48.9
83.6 Free Throw % 91.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jeff Teague, stolen by Draymond Green 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Jeff Teague 0:05
  Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
+ 2 Karl-Anthony Towns made floating jump shot, assist by Jamal Crawford 0:32
+ 2 Draymond Green made driving dunk 0:34
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant 0:45
  Taj Gibson missed layup, blocked by Kevin Durant 0:57
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 1:06
  Team rebound 1:06
  Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant 1:28
Team Stats
Points 113 126
Field Goals 46-101 (45.5%) 48-89 (53.9%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 21-37 (56.8%)
Free Throws 15-18 (83.3%) 9-15 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 51 54
Offensive 13 11
Defensive 30 36
Team 8 7
Assists 25 37
Steals 9 9
Blocks 3 8
Turnovers 10 15
Fouls 15 17
Technicals 0 0
31 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST
28 PTS, 10 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 31-20 29333120113
home team logo Warriors 39-10 38363220126
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 31-20 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Warriors 39-10 110.6 PPG 46.4 RPG 27.8 APG
Key Players
K. Towns C 15.2 PPG 13.4 RPG 2.2 APG 46.7 FG%
K. Durant SF 29.6 PPG 7.2 RPG 4.3 APG 50.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Towns C 31 PTS 11 REB 5 AST
K. Durant SF 28 PTS 10 REB 11 AST
45.5 FG% 53.9
30.0 3PT FG% 56.8
83.3 FT% 60.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 35 31 11 5 0 0 2 2 13/24 1/5 4/6 5 6 50 -12
J. Teague 35 17 3 7 2 1 3 4 7/14 1/2 2/2 0 3 34 -13
T. Gibson 33 12 10 1 1 1 1 1 6/13 0/0 0/0 5 5 25 -16
N. Bjelica 36 11 6 3 2 0 0 2 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 6 25 -7
A. Wiggins 37 10 4 3 2 1 2 2 4/18 0/2 2/2 1 3 21 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 35 31 11 5 0 0 2 2 13/24 1/5 4/6 5 6 50 -12
J. Teague 35 17 3 7 2 1 3 4 7/14 1/2 2/2 0 3 34 -13
T. Gibson 33 12 10 1 1 1 1 1 6/13 0/0 0/0 5 5 25 -16
N. Bjelica 36 11 6 3 2 0 0 2 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 6 25 -7
A. Wiggins 37 10 4 3 2 1 2 2 4/18 0/2 2/2 1 3 21 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 25 21 3 5 0 0 1 0 9/16 1/4 2/2 1 2 33 -3
G. Dieng 12 9 4 0 1 0 0 1 3/7 0/1 3/4 1 3 14 -1
T. Jones 12 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 1 3 +2
M. Georges-Hunt 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -9
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 113 43 25 9 3 10 15 46/101 6/20 15/18 13 30 208 -65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 36 28 10 11 2 3 4 2 10/19 6/9 2/2 0 10 61 +19
K. Thompson 35 25 5 3 1 1 3 1 9/13 7/9 0/0 0 5 35 +4
S. Curry 37 25 5 9 3 0 2 2 9/14 5/9 2/3 2 3 49 +20
D. Green 32 9 8 3 1 3 2 0 3/7 0/4 3/4 0 8 25 +3
Z. Pachulia 16 9 6 3 0 0 0 1 4/8 0/0 1/2 3 3 21 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 36 28 10 11 2 3 4 2 10/19 6/9 2/2 0 10 61 +19
K. Thompson 35 25 5 3 1 1 3 1 9/13 7/9 0/0 0 5 35 +4
S. Curry 37 25 5 9 3 0 2 2 9/14 5/9 2/3 2 3 49 +20
D. Green 32 9 8 3 1 3 2 0 3/7 0/4 3/4 0 8 25 +3
Z. Pachulia 16 9 6 3 0 0 0 1 4/8 0/0 1/2 3 3 21 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Iguodala 25 10 5 3 1 1 0 2 4/8 1/2 1/4 3 2 23 +14
N. Young 15 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 0 6 +8
D. West 11 6 2 1 1 0 3 3 3/7 0/0 0/0 1 1 8 -9
S. Livingston 15 6 3 3 0 0 0 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 15 -5
K. Looney 13 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 6 +8
J. McGee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Casspi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 126 47 37 9 8 15 17 48/89 21/37 9/15 11 36 249 +65