Golden State Warriors stumble late, lose in OT to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — The Warriors appeared on course for their fourth straight win Wednesday night, only to end up giving the game away.

The undermanned Minnesota Timberwolves smashed Golden State’s 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where they took over and defeated the defending champions 119-114.

“We controlled the game and then I thought we wrapped it as a present,” said coach Steve Kerr. “Everything we had done up to that point to control the game we stopped, so we got what we deserved.”

Golden State scored 71 points in the first half but was only able to score 43 points the rest of the way. The Warriors were fourth by 11 and extended that lead to 14 with just over 11 minutes remaining on the rule. That’s when things started to go wrong.

Former Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell led the charge for Minnesota, which was without Karl-Anthony Towns (right calf strain) and Rudy Gobert (right groin pain).

Russell scored 14 of his 29 fourth-team points to put the game into overtime, where the Warriors were outplayed 9-4.

“When a team lost 11, 13 points, it’s time to execute and fold, and we didn’t execute,” said Draymond Green.

The Warriors are now 1-3 in overtime and 26-25 overall this season. They woke up Wednesday morning fifth in the Western Conference rankings but go to bed eighth — it’s that close.

Including Wednesday’s meltdown, Golden State has lost five games this season, including four away, after leading by double digits in the second half.

“It’s 100 percent the difference in all the narratives around our team,” Curry said.

The Warriors were completely inconsistent and Curry thought the team had already learned their lesson.

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