The Warriors’ margin for error is gone.
In its quest to go 73-9 and top the 72-10 Bulls, Golden State lost to the surprisingly defiant Timberwolves in overtime Tuesday. The 124-117 setback drops the Warriors to 69-9.
Golden State led by 15 in the first quarter, 17 in the third quarter and – after Minnesota tied it in the final period – six with four minutes left in regulation. But the Timberwolves refused to go away, relying on 35 points from Shabazz Muhammad. Karl-Anthony Towns (20 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Andrew Wiggins (32 points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals) looked dynamic as well, and there’s plenty of reason to believe in their future.
“My team is good,” Wiggins said. “We can win on any given night.”
But the Warriors win on most given nights now.
On this one, though, Golden just couldn’t survive an off shooting performance from Stephen Curry (7-of-25, including 4-of-14 on 3-pointers) and Draymond Green fouling out in overtime. Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut returning to the lineup wasn’t enough for a team that looks taxed by its record chase.
In order to top the Bulls, the Warriors must win all four of their remaining games:
- vs. Spurs
- at Grizzlies
- at Spurs
- vs. Grizzlies
San Antonio (65-12) could even pass Golden State for the No. 1 seed, so don’t assume Gregg Popovich rests his stars.
The Warriors haven given themselves a chance, but they’ll have to be perfect down the stretch in a way they very much weren’t tonight.