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Role players take centerstage in Warriors-Spurs clash

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With no Durant there is no safety net, no rotations where Curry can just coast and be fine, or where Warriors role players don't have to step up.

A win over Golden State with only a month remaining in the regular season was one of the Wolves' best wins yet.

Coach Tom Thibodeau agreed that it's all about mentality.

"It's a awful feeling walking off the court when you don't get the job done", Curry told reporters afterward. We made the conscious decision to steer away from high scoring yet inefficient players like Mo Speights and Leandro Barbosa and instead elected to go with stable defense-first players like David West and vanilla, mistake-adverse players like Ian Clark. We have to manage this stretch right here and get through this week. He makes some of the best passes you'll ever see; but he also throws the laziest, most careless passes you'll ever see, too (see game 7).

The young, energetic Timberwolves unleashed a heavy dosage of Karl-Anthony Towns, who produced 23 points and nine boards. And he missed an 18-footer in the closing seconds that would have won the game.

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala drives against Atlanta Hawks' Dwight Howard during the second half on Monday, March 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga.

"Me and Steve are cool". "I don't know. I guess I got to play by different rules than the rest of the National Basketball Association".

With a chance to put the Timberwolves up by three with 29 seconds left in the game, Andrew Wiggins missed a pair of free throws, and that left the door wide open for the Warriors to steal one they didn't deserve. The 86 points by the Warriors was their lowest total of the season, and the fewest points they've scored at Oracle since February 2014.

"That's what you have to do", said Ricky Rubio, who spent much of Friday's game in front of Curry. While a lot must go right to gain a playoff berth and a likely series with these Golden State Warriors, Minnesota is doing everything it can to get there and playing exceedingly well as of late.

"Obviously, the game plan for us was to get out and get stops, keep the ball running", Harris said.

"Any time you're on the road and you hit shots early, it's a good feeling because it's hard to come back when you get down early on the road", Hayward said.

The Timberwolves have had several exercises in playing with leads this season.

But even sans Durant and with Curry struggling, they're an incredibly risky team. While there was still more than four minutes left, this Thomas three felt like the moment the Celtics closed the door on the game.

CHICAGO - James Harden had 19 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, and Houston used a dominant third quarter for a victory over Chicago.

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