Napier, Covington lead Timberwolves by Warriors 99-84
By Joe Ziemer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Shabazz Napier and Robert Covington each scored 20 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Golden State Warriors 99-84 on Thursday night in a matchup of injury-ravaged teams.
Naz Reid added 13 points, Kelan Martin had 12 and Minnesota held Golden State to the lowest points total by an opponent this season.
Glen Robinson III scored 16 points for the Warriors, and Eric Paschall had 13, They have lost three straight.
Minnesota was missing Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, while Golden State was without D’Angelo Russell, along with long-absent stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
The Timberwolves went on an 18-3 first-quarter run and led by as many as 22 in the first half. They held Golden State to 19 points in the first quarter and 41 in the first half.
The Warriors went on an 11-2 run that started in the final minute of the third quarter and carried into the fourth. They trimmed the lead to eight at 92-84 on Damion Lee’s basket with 4:35 left. That was as close as they would get.
Minnesota was playing for the second consecutive night. The Timberwolves improved to 2-3 when playing the second game of a back-to-back.
Warriors: Russell (right shoulder contusion), Willie Cauley-Stein (flu-like symptoms) and Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness) joined long-term absentees Curry (left hand fracture) and Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) in missing the game. Jordan Poole is on a G League assignment with Santa Cruz. No Warrior has appeared in every game this season.
Timberwolves: Towns (left knee sprain), Wiggins (flu-like symptoms), Jeff Teague (right knee sprain), Treveon Graham (flu-like symptoms), Jake Layman (left toe sprain) and Noah Vonleh (left gluteal contusion) did not play. Two-way guard Jordan McLaughlin was recalled from Iowa of the G League on Wednesday.
Warriors: Host Detroit on Saturday.
Timberwolves: At Cleveland on Sunday.