NBA: Timberwolves stun Warriors in OT

Wed Apr 6, 2016 2:04am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Minnesota Timberwolves stalled the Golden State Warriors' pursuit of history Tuesday night, riding a fourth-quarter comeback and Andrew Wiggins' nine points in overtime to a shocking, 124-117 victory.

Minnesota, which trailed by 15 points in the first quarter and 17 with just 18 minutes to go, held Golden State without a field goal for the final 2:23 of regulation, then scored the first four points of the overtime session to propel itself to the unlikely win.

Center Karl-Anthony Towns had two key hoops midway through the overtime to keep the Warriors at bay, helping deny Golden State a 70th win on the season.

The Warriors (69-9) still have a chance to beat the Chicago Bulls' all-time record win total of 72, but now they must sweep their final four games, including a Thursday home showdown with the San Antonio Spurs (65-12).

Golden State will take a 3 1/2-game lead over the Spurs into that game. A Warriors win would clinch the top seeding in the Western Conference playoffs.

Golden State also visits San Antonio on Sunday.

Reserve guard Shabazz Muhammad had a career-high 35 points, and Wiggins added 32 for the Timberwolves, who had lost three in a row, all to Western playoff clubs and hopefuls.

Golden State, meanwhile, lost at home for just the second time this season. The Warriors had a 114-game win streak snapped in games in which they led by 15 or more points.

The Warriors, who were on top 25-10 less than seven minutes into the game, enjoyed their biggest lead at 71-54 in the third period.   Continued...

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports