NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Minnesota
(Wednesday, April 4th)
Final Score: Golden State 97, Minnesota 94
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Golden State rookie Charles Jenkins charged through the paint and flipped in a nifty reverse layup with 20.4 seconds remaining to help the Warriors snap a season-high six-game losing streak with a 97-94 win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
David Lee scored a game-high 31 points and Jenkins finished with 19 for the Warriors, who have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Timberwolves.
"It says a lot about who we are. We're going to battle, we're going to compete," said Warriors head coach Mark Jackson. "This is a big time bounce- back win. Our offense was clicking, on defense we were clicking. Great individual and collective effort."
Kevin Love scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Minnesota, but was 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, including the potential game-tying three as time expired.
Golden State had established its largest lead of the game at nine midway through the fourth quarter when Timberwolves reserve Wayne Ellington went on a personal 7-2 run to make it a four-point game. His trey a bit later trimmed their deficit to 92-89.
After the teams exchanged jumpers, J.J. Barea -- returning after missing six games with a deep thigh bruise and replacing the injured Luke Ridnour in the starting lineup -- delivered a game-tying three from the right wing.
But Minnesota did not capitalize on Richard Jefferson's missed jumper, and Jenkins netted the game-winning basket. He tacked on 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with one second to play.
Golden State came back from a 20-point second quarter deficit, utilizing a 12-2 run to end the first half to get back into the game. They trailed 51-39 at halftime.
"They just fought their way back to a win," said Love. "You have to hand it to them, they played well and we had a major letdown on defense."
Ridnour suffered a high ankle sprain on his right leg Monday against Sacramento...Minnesota forward Michael Beasley missed his fifth straight game with a sprained big toe on his left foot...Barea finished with 15 points, while Ellington had 17...Minnesota held a 49-37 rebounding advantage.
04/04 23:15:45 ET