The Warriors who are the defending champions were without their star player Stephen Curry and his absence hurt the Warriors as the Timberwolves played a great game to finish 109-103 at the Target Center. While Patrick McCaw (non-displaced fracture, left wrist) and David West (right arm cyst) are unavailable, Jordan Bell (right ankle sprain) and Andre Iguodala (left wrist sprain) are listed as probable and Klay Thompson (sprained right thumb) is questionable.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight games and 15 of their past 16. When your the Golden State Warriors and you been in three straight finals, how much practice do you really need? He has missed the past five games.
Nikola Jokic recorded his seventh triple-double of the season with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, helping Denver coast past visiting Sacramento.More news: OPEC says US oil production to rise again in 2018
"It's tough when you're missing that many key guys", Green said.
The Wolves built their biggest lead of the game, 28-17, late in the first quarter until Thibodeau initiated Derrick Rose's debut in an extra-small lineup next to Tyus Jones and Jamal Crawford. Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee.
This was Rose's first on-court action since February 7 for Cleveland, against Minnesota.More news: Kevin Love eyes return to Cavaliers next week: Inside Cavs-Suns
"My wind was good", Rose said, "but as far as rust, yeah, losing the ball, just not there yet".
Denver, which led by as many as 36 points, now enters a hard stretch - eight of its next nine games are on the road.
As the questions rise, and the Houston Rockets continue to run through the entire Western Conference, it's hard to imagine a Warriors team with Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant to sit back and remain content with the way they played.More news: Grab forms venture with Japan's Credit Saison for lending services
But the Timberwolves responded with consecutive baskets from Towns.
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