The Warriors are going to have to continue their climb back from that long skid without center Andrew Bogut for the near future. Jackson said before the game that they're going to be patient with Bogut's back injury. There was no timetable put on Bogut's return and Jackson was resolute that Andris Biedrins, Festus Ezeli and the rest of Golden State's big men were ready to pick up the slack.
They certainly weren't ready for Pekovic.
Minnesota came out rolling, with Rubio throwing between-the-legs passes to Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko and connecting with Williams on a soaring alley-oop to help the Wolves open up a 16-point lead in the first quarter. The Timberwolves held a stunning 24-0 advantage on points in the paint after the first quarter.
After scoring 30 points and dishing out 10 assists in a thrilling win over San Antonio on Friday night, Jack hit his first five shots — four of them 3-pointers — to help Golden State climb back into the game. The fiery leader drew a flagrant foul for throwing a forearm to Greg Stiemsma's chest, but that only seemed to get his teammates going.
Lee scored the team's first eight points of the second half, the last on a soft jumper to give the Warriors a 60-59 lead.
"Those are the games that I think that are the difference between being a playoff team," Lee said. "It's easy to get up for a game against San Antonio at home on national TV, but come on a Sunday afternoon, first game of the road trip, everybody's a little tired from traveling ... We got off to a bad start, but we didn't panic and we found a way to come back to win."
NOTES: Rubio also had six turnovers. ... Kent Bazemore had 1 point, the only other Warriors sub to score in the game. ... Timberwolves PF Kevin Love, who has played just 18 games this season because of a broken hand, received the Kia Community Assist award before the game for his winter coat drive.