OAKLAND, Calif. – Reggie Williams had 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Monta Ellis scored 34 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-99 to snap a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night.
Williams missed four of his first five shot attempts but warmed up after halftime, going 7 for 8 and making all four of his 3-pointers. It marked just the second time this season that Williams broke the 20-point barrier.
David Lee added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors (9-16), who won for only the third time in their last 17 games.
Darko Milicic had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota (6-19).
Golden State was playing its third straight game without guard Stephen Curry, who rolled his right ankle in a 111-94 loss to San Antonio on Dec. 8.
Williams, a late-season addition from the NBA's Development League, picked up the slack. He scored 10 points in the third quarter then added 12 in the fourth when the Warriors broke open a tight game and pulled away.
Minnesota, which led by as much as 11 in the first half, was at 94-88 with five minutes left before a 9-2 run by Golden State sealed the win. Ellis had six points and Williams added three during the spurt, including a soaring one-handed dunk.
Ellis played all 48 minutes and went 13 of 24 while adding six assists. It's the fifth time this season Ellis has had 30 points or more.
Dorell Wright added 12 points and five rebounds for the Warriors, who have won five straight against Minnesota. Golden State beat the Timberwolves 104-94 on Nov. 27.
Kevin Love had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota. That snapped his stretch of 10 consecutive games with 15 or more rebounds, which was the longest streak in the NBA since Ben Wallace's 14-game run in 2003.
Michael Beasley added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Martell Webster had 17 points off the bench.
Minnesota led 17-15 early then went on an 8-0 run to close out the first quarter. Beasley and Milicic had eight points apiece for the Timberwolves, who held the Warriors without a basket over the final 5½ minutes.
Webster, playing in his first game of the season after undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on Oct. 25 for recurring back pain, had seven points and Jonny Flynn, also making his season debut, added a 3-pointer as Minnesota pushed its lead to 45-34.
Wright, in a minor shooting slump, broke out of it quickly with 10 straight points as part of a 12-0 run to help the Warriors get close. After Wright's 3-pointer tied the game with 51 seconds left, Ellis hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Golden State a 54-51 halftime lead.
Notes: Ellis was hit with a technical foul after arguing a double-dribble call by Joey Crawford with 3:45 left in the first quarter. It's Ellis' second technical in two games and third overall. ... Flynn missed the first 24 games after undergoing surgery on his left hip July 27. He recently completed a two-game stint in the Developmental League before being recalled by Minnesota on Sunday. Flynn finished with three points and four assists. ... Curry said he is hopeful of playing on Saturday when the Warriors travel to Portland.