The Golden State Warriors scored a remarkable 146 points to the Minnesota Timberwolves 105 last light at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The game wasn’t too out of reach for Minnesota until Golden State ran up the score in the final minutes of the second quarter to lead 74-55 at the half. They racked up 22 steals as a team, which marks the most produced in a single game for the franchise since 1989.
“This is what we’re capable of doing,” said Warriors PG Monta Ellis. “We got a lot of deflections, got the fast break going. We did a lot of help defense, rebounded the ball and got out and ran.” Six players for Golden State contributed with double digit performances. Stephen Jackson played floor general with 10 points and 15 assists. Kelenna Azbuike led all in scoring with 31, followed by Anthony Randolph and Anthony Morrow with 23 and 20.
The Timberwolves at 1-7 so far this season will look more long term in regards to the future success of the organization. “We’ve maintained from the beginning this is going to be a process, this is not something that’s going to turn around in the first 10 games of the regular season,” said coach Kurt Rambis. “We knew we were going to take some lumps. Until we have an idea of a nice starting unit and a set rotation where guys can feel comfortable and when they’re going to play, we’re probably going to continue to play up and down and be inconsistent.”