The short-handed Golden State Warriors suffered their second consecutive defeat on Sunday as they were beaten 109-103 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Golden State has four of the best players in the world, including perhaps two of the top five with former MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Still, all roads will likely travel through Golden State come playoff time. Anthony Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game.
After beating National Basketball Association bottom-feeders Chicago and Sacramento in the first two games Butler missed, the Wolves had lost a season-high three in a row, falling at Portland and Utah before giving a lifeless performance in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Thursday at Target Center.
Less than 48 hours after he scored 40 points in a loss to Portland, Durant again tried unsuccessfully to will his team to victory, posting 39 points and 12 rebounds in 39 minutes.
Towns had 31 points and 11 rebounds in the Timberwolves' most recent game against the Warriors, and the young center will certainly try to replicate that performance to give his team a win on Sunday night.
Down by double digits in the first half, in came to life in the second half after Kyrie Irving exited the game, then held off short-handed host Boston. Steph's wife Ayesha Curry planned the event and recruited Paramore to perform on the main stage. Paul added 12 assists, as the Rockets recovered from a setback at Toronto on Friday night that resulted in the conclusion of their 17-game winning streak.
The Pacers are a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the Central Division lead after Julius Randle hit for 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Lakers' 127-113 downing of the sputtering Cavaliers. And for now, the Timberwolves find themselves fifth out west.
Bobby Portis also had 21 points for Chicago.