LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 61 points as the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors won their seventh straight with a 116-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
Durant delivered 33 points and 13 rebounds and Curry contributed 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points and hit consecutive three-pointers 50 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter to give Golden State a 91-89 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Durant made his first half dozen shots, and eight of the first 11 en route to 20 points in a productive first half.
After the game coach Steve Kerr wanted to talk about their rock solid defence.
“I was really proud of our defensive effort,” said Kerr. “I thought our fourth quarter defense was tremendous.”
Derrick Rose played five minutes in the first quarter and scored three points but then came out of the game with a sore ankle. The injury came two nights after he scored a career-high 50 points in a victory against Utah. He will be looked at by team doctors on Saturday.
Andrew Wiggins scored a team-high 22 points for the Timberwolves who were outrebounded 61-39.
Jimmy Butler scored 21 for Minnesota after sitting out Wednesday to rest. Tyus Jones also returned and had eight points on three-for-11 shooting after missing the win over the Jazz because of a sore right foot.
Before the game, Kerr said injured DeMarcus Cousins is still a long way from returning.