Timberwolves shock Golden State
OAKLAND, California (AP):
The Golden State Warriors hit an unexpected obstacle on their quest for a record 73 wins, blowing a 17-point lead and losing 124-117 in overtime to the last-place Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 35 points and Andrew Wiggins had 32 as Minnesota prevented Golden State (69-9) from becoming the second team to win 70 games in a season. The Warriors now must win their final four games to break the single-season wins record of 72 set by Chicago in 1995-96.
Stephen Curry had a rare off-shooting night as Golden State took their third loss against a team currently in last place in their division.
The Warriors had won a record 54 straight regular season games at home before losing to Boston last Friday.
At Salt Lake City, Kawhi Leonard made the go-ahead jumper with 4.9 seconds left and scored 18 points as the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 88-86, giving Tim Duncan a 1,000th victory in the regular season.
Duncan became the third player to reach the milestone, following Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili each added 14 points in the Spurs' franchise-record 65th victory and Rodney Hood missed the potential winning three-pointer at the buzzer as Utah fell a half game behind Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference.
At Denver, Russell Westbrook turned his first-half frustration into a milestone night with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to become the first player with 17 triple-doubles in a season in 27 years as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Nuggets 124-102.
Westbrook has the highest total since Magic Johnson had 17 for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988-89. Westbrook, who had seven in March while winning Western Conference player of the month honours, has 35 in his career, which is second behind LeBron James for most among active players.
"It's a great honour," Westbrook said. "Whenever you're mentioned in the same sentence as Magic, it's always great."