Curry, Warriors slip past Timberwolves

Minneapolis, MN ( - Stephen Curry accounted for 25 points with eight assists to lead the Golden State Warriors into the All-Star break with a 94-91 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Klay Thompson had 14 points, while Leandro Barbosa and Andrew Bogut tallied 10 points each. Bogut also ripped 10 rebounds for the Warriors (42-9), who have won three straight and enter the break with the NBA's best record.

"(Our record) is pretty amazing," Thompson said. "It shows you how far this organization has come (and) shows you the kind of future we got."

Kevin Martin had a team-high 21 points for Minnesota and Ricky Rubio supplied 18 points with nine rebounds. Nikola Pekovic deposited 17 points and 13 rebounds in the Timberwolves' second straight loss following a three-game winning streak.

Curry's floater gave the Warriors an 89-87 lead with under two minutes to play in the game, then Thaddeus Young tied the game at the other end with a layup. Thompson followed with a clutch 3-pointer and Pekovic brought the Timberwolves back within one with two free throws.

Each team came up empty on their next two possessions, and Minnesota had a chance at the win with 17 seconds remaining.

Coming out of a timeout, Rubio ran a pick-and-roll with Pekovic, who barreled through Bogut but missed the short floater. Draymond Green pulled the rebound, then five seconds ran off the clock on the ensuing inbounds pass as a handful of players from each team batted at the ball before Curry finally came down with it. He went to the line and hit nothing but net on both attempts for a three-point edge with 2.7 seconds left.

The Timberwolves could not get a shot off in the closing seconds and the Warriors held on.

"We had opportunities," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "(Pekovic) had a good look... We had chances."

Minnesota turned a 12-point hole into a 73-67 deficit at the end of three quarters thanks to a 6-0 run over the final 1:34. Golden State led by 14 early in the fourth before the Timberwolves stormed back as Pekovic capped a 16-2 run with consecutive baskets to tie the game at 87-87.

Golden State netted the final six points of the first quarter for a 28-25 lead after 12 minutes.

"I think we didn't start the game very well, especially against a team with the best record in the league," Rubio said.

The Warriors then opened the second on an 8-2 run as Barbosa capped the spurt with a layup that gave the visitors a 36-27 edge. They led by as many as 13 in the quarter and brought a 56-46 lead into the locker room at half.

Game Notes

Young scored 15 points in the loss ... Golden State made 44.4 percent of its shots, but converted just 25.9 percent from beyond the arc ... Curry went 9- of-23 from the floor, including 2-for-10 from 3-point range ... The two teams combined to score 46 points off a total of 29 turnovers ... The Warriors' bench outscored Minnesota's reserves 34-14 ... Golden State held a 52-28 edge in the paint.