Warriors 93, Timberwolves 88

Playing all 48 minutes of Golden State’s third game in three

nights, Charles Jenkins did his best to show everyone the Warriors

are not tanking to sew up their draft position.

With no first-round pick this summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves

have no reason to dump games. But it sure feels like they are to

J.J. Barea, who blistered some of his teammates for not caring


Jenkins had 24 points and nine assists to rally the Warriors

from a 21-point deficit to beat the Timberwolves, 93-88, on Sunday


”He’s a tough New York City kid,” said Warriors coach Mark

Jackson, a Big Apple point guard himself back in the day. ”A

tough, hard-nosed kid who has no quit. Totally competes, gets after

it. He was banged up, bruised up, battered up, but found a way to

gut out a big-time performance.”

Brandon Rush scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter

and also grabbed nine rebounds. Klay Thompson scored 17 points for

the Warriors, who snapped an eight-game losing streak.

The performance may have hurt the Warriors (23-41) in the long

run. Utah holds their pick this year as part of a previous trade,

and the only way the Warriors keep it is if they finish in the

bottom seven of the league after the draft lottery. Golden State is

in eighth with two games to play.

Nikola Pekovic had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Barea had 14

points and 12 assists in all 48 minutes for the Timberwolves, who

announced earlier that All-Star power forward Kevin Love would not

play the final two games of the season because of a concussion.

You could’ve put together a nice All-Star team with the players

who didn’t play in this one: Steph Curry (right ankle), Andrew

Bogut (left ankle), David Lee (groin), Andris Biedrins

(concussion), Dorell Wright (right ankle) and Nate Robinson (right

hamstring) were out for the Warriors; and Love, Ricky Rubio (left

knee) and Luke Ridnour (right ankle) were out for the Wolves.

Being short-handed didn’t keep Barea from blasting his teammates

after the game.

”We’ve got problems here,” said Barea, who shot 5 of 18.

”We’ve got a lot of guys that don’t care. … We’re just going to

keep getting Ls until we get players here that care, that care

about winning, care about the team and care about the fans.”

Barea didn’t name anyone specifically, but several objected.

”Until you point those guys out one by one, it doesn’t really

matter,” said forward Michael Beasley, who scored eight points on

3-for-11 shooting and had nine rebounds. ”That was a collective


Martell Webster scored 18 points and Anthony Randolph had 14

points, seven boards and five blocks for Minnesota.

With Barea pushing the tempo in the open floor and Pekovic

controlling the paint, the Timberwolves surged out to a 53-32 lead

late in the second quarter.

Just like in their previous meeting in this building, when the

Warriors came back from 20 down to beat the Wolves on April 4,

Jenkins got rolling in the second half to bring Golden State back.

The super-quick point guard had his way with Barea, scoring three

straight buckets during a 10-0 run that cut the deficit to 68-63

late in the third quarter.

The Warriors then ripped off a 12-2 surge midway through the

fourth quarter, culminating in a jumper from Jenkins to give them

their first lead, 83-81, with 5:45 to play.

”Coach kept telling me to stay aggressive,” Jenkins said.

”The more the shots started to fall, the more confident I got in

taking them. Everything just worked out.”

Pekovic’s putback gave Minnesota an 88-87 lead with 1:28 to go,

but Rush came back with a 3, and Dominic McGuire converted a

three-point play when he was fouled on a dunk to seal the win.

”There’s some guys in here that have been more worried about

other things,” Wolves forward Anthony Tolliver said. ”It’s not

that they don’t want to win, it’s just sometimes the team concept

goes out the window. Whenever you’re struggling a lot of times

people want to blame somebody else, but the biggest thing is people

have to look in the mirror, plain and simple.

”The hardest thing to do is to say, `My fault. It’s on me.’

It’s real easy to say `You should’ve done (this) or you should’ve

done that.”’

NOTES: The Wolves made all 21 of their foul shots. … McGuire

finished with 12 points and seven boards. … The Timberwolves

hosted Rochester resident Igor Voykovinsky, who at 7-foot-8 is the

tallest man in America.