SAN FRANCISCO: Rookie center James Wiseman came off the Warriors’ bench to score a career-high 25 points and dazzled opposite Minnesota No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards in a matchup of last year’s top two draft selections, and Golden State swept a two-game home series against the Timberwolves with a 123-111 win Wednesday night.
Edwards, who like Wiseman is just 19, also scored 25 points for his second-highest total so far.
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20 points while playing through foul trouble for Golden State. Stephen Curry added 16 points, eight assists and six rebounds as the Warriors won their ninth straight at home against Minnesota.
Andrew Wiggins delivered a big game Monday against his old Timberwolves team and scored another 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting Wednesday.
Curry struggled with his shot and finished 6 for 17 from the floor and 4 of 11 on 3-pointers after scoring 36 points in Monday night’s 130-108 rout of Minnesota.
For a second straight game, Golden State coach Steve Kerr stuck with his new-look starting lineup featuring veteran big man Kevon Looney and Wiseman in a reserve role. Looney grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds.
Damion Lee scored a season-best 17 points and hit four 3s to go with three steals.
Edwards had his second game with 20 or more points, shooting 9 for 19 with a season-high five 3-pointers. Malik Beasley also scored 25. Naz Reid added 19 points for Minnesota but went down hard midway through the fourth quarter after blocking a shot by Oubre before returning late.
D’Angelo Russell missed both games against his former team because of a bruised right quadriceps muscle. Russell played 33 games for Golden State last season before the trade last February that brought Wiggins to the Bay Area.
The game was down to two referees after Scott Twardoski got hurt, the Warriors said.
A photo of Sekou Smith and tribute to him was shown on the big screen. The NBA reporter and analyst died Tuesday at age 48 from COVID-19.
Timberwolves: F Ed Davis was ejected with 5:54 left in the second quarter for a flagrant 2 foul on Oubre. … G Jarrett Culver sat out with a sprained left ankle after getting hurt in Monday’s game. … Minnesota hasnt won on the Warriors home floor since a 124-117 overtime victory on April 5, 2016. … C Karl-Anthony Towns missed his sixth straight game after announcing Jan. 15 he tested positive for the coronavirus. The Timberwolves are 2-11 without Towns in the lineup this season.
Warriors: Oubre picked up his second foul just 1:18 into the game and his fourth at the 11:19 mark of the third quarter. He scored 16 points in the second, most for a single quarter in his career. … In Wiggins’ back-to-back games against the T-Wolves, he had 42 points, … The Warriors are 6-2 at home vs. the Western Conference. … On Sunday, second-round pick Nico Mannion, Jordan Poole and Alen Smailagi will head to Orlando for the G League bubble.
Timberwolves: Return home to host the 76ers on Friday night having lost six straight in the series.
Warriors: At Phoenix on Thursday night for a quick trip to the desert before returning home to face the Pistons on Saturday night.
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