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Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry points to Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday

Minnesota is proving its evolution against some of the best in the National Basketball Association.

Coach Steve Kerr announced the decision late Friday night, after a Warriors comeback fell short in a 103-102 loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota. That was about the last thing to go right for Golden State as the Celtics won for the second straight year on the Warriors' home floor 99-86.

"We're going to get in at 3 a.m.", Kerr said. "That's been a conscious thing we've tried to build". While there was still more than four minutes left, this Thomas three felt like the moment the Celtics closed the door on the game. Curry has shot below 30 percent from 3-point range in five of the last seven games, including a shocking 0-11 night against the Philadelphia 76ers. "It's tough to face", Ginobili said. But I hope the conversation steers back to how brutal these travel stretches can be on players. As Wiggins drove to the basket that final play, there was an anxious hush that fell over the crowd that ended in a paroxysm of cheers when he drew the foul.

"I was good at keeping my composure", said Wiggins afterward. After officials declared a jump ball, Rush knocked the ball down the court on a tip against Thompson as time expired.

The Celtics knew they had to make life hard on the Warriors offense, and the trio of Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Jae Crowder took it a step further by making things downright miserable.

Since their last losing streak at the beginning of February, the Timberwolves are an impressive 7-4 with convincing wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz and, for the most part, well-played losses to some of the league's best teams in Cleveland, Houston, and San Antonio. We gave ourselves a great chance to win.

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"We have the personnel to go out there and beat anybody", added Bradley, who had 12 points to go with six rebounds on the evening.

The Pistons have had issues with slow starts lately, but they raced out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter against NY. The Pacers cut it to 79-76 with 8:23 left before the Bucks asserted control with an 8-2 run highlighted by a 3-pointer and floater for Jason Terry.

"I think that we're moving forward, there's still a lot of work to be done", Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. "But the next two weeks, I really don't know - just taking it a day at a time".

Iguodala has been filling in for an injured Kevin Durant in the starting lineup.

Curry did plenty of talking and pointing in Brown's direction after scoring his 25th point of the night, however it was the Celtics rookie and his teammates that would eventually get the last laugh on Wednesday. Curry finished with 26 points to surpass his father, Dell, in career points.



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