Curry's 34 points carry Warriors to 11th straight victory
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry poured in 17 of his game-high 34 points in the third quarter Saturday night as the Golden State Warriors broke open a close game en route to a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In a game pitting two teams that also played the night before, the Warriors held the Timberwolves to a total of 40 points in the middle two periods, erasing an early deficit and paving the way to an 11th consecutive victory.
The Golden State win came without Draymond Green, who sprained his left ankle in Friday's road win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Minnesota, which won at Phoenix on Friday night, clung within 80-71 with 2:30 remaining in the third period before Curry single-handedly outscored the visitors 10-2 to end the quarter, propelling Golden State into a commanding, 90-73 lead.
Curry hit four consecutive shots during the flurry, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player had four 3-pointers in all during his 34-point performance and sixth 30-point game of the season.
Curry also led the Warriors with six assists on a night when they totaled 25 and thus had their streak of 10 straight with at least 30 snapped.
The run had equaled the second-longest in NBA history.
Kevin Durant had 28 points and Klay Thompson 23 for the Warriors, who haven't lost Nov. 4 against the Lakers. They combined for seven 3-pointers, with Thompson connecting on four. Durant completed a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Golden State hit 55.6 percent of its shots, including half its 22 3-point attempts.
Zach LaVine had 31 points to pace the Timberwolves, who have lost four of the last five. He connected on five 3-pointers and 13 of his 24 shots in all.
Karl-Anthony Towns (18), Andrew Wiggins (16) and Gorgui Dieng (15) also scored in double figures for the Timberwolves, who shot 46.1 percent from the field but misfired on 25 of their 35 3-point attempts.
Towns contributed a team-high nine rebounds, and Ricky Rubio had a game-high seven assists.
After watching the Warriors scorch the nets for 19 points in the first 4:32, the Timberwolves flipped a 19-9 deficit into a 36-30 lead early in the second quarter by limiting Golden State to 11 points over an 11:47 span bridging the first and second periods.
The Warriors missed 10 of their 13 shots and mixed in five turnovers during the dry spell.
Golden State got hot again before halftime, however, and when Durant buried a 3-pointer 1.1 seconds before the second-quarter horn, the Warriors had reestablished a 56-48 advantage.
They never trailed again.
Durant had 18 of his 28 points in the first half to lead all scorers at that point.
NOTES: The Warriors lost their previous two games without PF Draymond Green, including Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals while he was on suspension. ... PG Ian Clark, who suffered head and throat injuries in the same incident that resulted in Green's sprained ankle Friday night, also sat out Saturday's game. "Hopefully we will get them both back on Monday," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his team's next game against the Atlanta Hawks. ... The Warriors recorded winning streaks of at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons. ... The Timberwolves were one of the nine teams that beat the Warriors during the regular season last year, although Golden State won the season series 2-1. ... Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau assured before the game that he'd love to see his team be more like the Warriors someday. "I think Golden State is a great model for us," he said. "They went step by step. They were a high-scoring team. I think once they made their commitment to defense, they just took off."