Barnes, Warriors Slam Wolves
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State rookie Harrison Barnes provided the signature moment of the game when he threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk over Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic in the second quarter.
It was Barnes' rebounding that excited Warriors coach Mark Jackson the most.
Barnes had 10 points and 11 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored a season-high 24 points and Golden State beat Minnesota 96-85 on Saturday night.
The seventh overall pick in this year's draft, Barnes had three points as part of a 19-2 run in the fourth quarter, but it was his emphatic dunk over Pekovic that had the Oracle Arena crowd buzzing.
After Alexey Shved's layup gave the Timberwolves a 41-38 lead, Barnes raced down the court and took a bounce pass from David Lee before grabbing the ball with his right hand and slamming it through the hoop as Pekovic tried to stop him.
Kevin Love, playing in his third game since returning from a broken right hand, had 15 points and 15 rebounds but couldn't prevent Minnesota from losing its fifth straight.
He wore a black protective pad on his hand most of the night before ripping it off and tossing it to the bench with six minutes remaining.
Stephen Curry had 20 points and six assists, while Lee added 17 points and eight rebounds for Golden State, which has won 10 of 12 against Minnesota.
The Warriors trailed most of the game but went on a 19-2 run, with reserves Carl Landry, Draymond Green and Barnes providing the bulk of the scoring. Landry had five points and Green had four to help Golden State go ahead for good.
Thompson was criticized earlier in the week after a poor shooting performance against Dallas on Nov. 19, but has been steady since. He shot just 1 of 8 from 3-point range but was 7 of 9 inside the arc and is averaging 21 points over his past three games. Landry finished with 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Minnesota, still missing several key injured players, couldn't keep up and lost its fifth straight.
The Timberwolves made several mistakes along the way, blowing a 3-on-1 fast break in the first half, then shooting just 32.4 percent in the second half.
Not even a gift basket by Golden State's Andris Biedrins was enough to help coach Rick Adelman's struggling squad. Biedrins was battling a teammate for a rebound underneath Minnesota's basket when he accidentally tipped the ball into the hoop.
The Warriors also outrebounded the Timberwolves 48-39.
Love had six quick rebounds in his third game since returning from a broken right hand but was on the bench when the Timberwolves built a 35-24 lead with mostly reserves on the floor.
The Warriors came back and tied the score at 47-all on Thompson's short runner, but Jose Barea made a 9-foot jumper and Andrei Kirilenko followed with a dunk to give Minnesota a 51-47 halftime lead.
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