The Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 137-114 to return to above .500. In the first quarter, the Warriors scored 47 points. Having won five of their last six games, the Dubs are now 2-9 on the road.
Golden State’s starting lineup has made plenty of positive starts this season, but on Sunday, they had their most impressive first-quarter performance yet.
Putting his foot on the gas pedal got things moving for Draymond Green. Green played like a cannon in Minnesota’s starting lineup with Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, two plodding bigs. Every Timberwolves miss led to Green leading the break and giving the Dubs the edge.
Minnesota could not keep up with the Warriors in the second half, but a brief offensive run evened the score at 15. Gobert and Towns were consistently out of possession, with Golden State’s offense flowing perfectly. The Warriors had plenty of open shots due to the Wolves’ injury to their key perimeter defenders.
With two minutes left in the first quarter on an incredible 20-2 run and led 40-17. Golden State looked like it would cruise to victory. The Wolves could not close within 15 points throughout the next two quarters and trailed 106-86.