You’ve got to give the Minnesota Timberwolves credit. After losing a close overtime game to the Sacramento Kings the other day, they faced their second-straight OT game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, and pulled off the improbable comeback victory.

Things looked rosy for the Warriors at the start of the fourth quarter, with them building a 14-point lead with 11:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. At that point, it looked like they would finally win consecutive road games for the first time this season.

Well, former Warrior D’Angelo Russell had something to say about that. The point guard took it upon himself to lay into the team that traded him for Andrew Wiggins and pulled off one hell of a fourth quarter performance. In a span of just over two minutes of game time, Russell went on a personal 14-4 run that suddenly cut Golden State’s lead to 102-101. Naz Reid followed that up with a go-ahead bucket to make it 103-102 for the Wolves, and it was a dogfight after that.

Both teams traded buckets after that until Steph Curry tied the game at 110-110 with 1:39 left in regulation, and neither side managed to score again until overtime. The Timberwolves were the ones who managed to hit their shots during that span, and they walked away with a win that showed a lot of character. Russell fouled out of the game less than a minute into overtime, and both Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns missed the game.


Russell finished the game with 24 points, while Anthony Edwards had 27 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. The most unlikely hero for Minnesota was Naz Reid, who finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block along with a single turnover. Reid was the one who put the nail in the coffin for the Dubs, as he grabbed his own rebound off a miss to slam it home.

The disappointing loss continues to add to Golden State’s woeful road record, where they now sit at 7-19 away from home. It was another wasted effort from Curry, who finished the game with 29 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. However, Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole struggled from the field and shot a combined 15 of 57 overall and 8 of 24 from three.

As mentioned earlier, the Warriors have not won a pair of road games this season yet, but they’ve had losing streaks of five (once), three (twice) and two (twice) games on the road so far. Today’s loss against the Wolves dropped them back into the play-in positions, and the West is so tightly contested that it will be worrying for their repeat chances if they can’t turn it around on the road. 

Curry and co. face the Denver Nuggets in their last game of a three-game road trip tomorrow, so they’ll be hoping to get a positive result against the Western Conference’s top team. That’s easier said that done.