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Warriors dominate paint in 106-98 win over Wolves

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012
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Without Pekovic out there to clog the paint, the Warriors attacked the rim relentlessly and pounded the Wolves on the glass. During one possession in the third quarter, the Warriors had three offensive rebounds before Barnes converted a tough layup for a 67-60 lead. And they just kept coming.

Lee with a dunk, Klay Thompson with an easy layup off a screen, Jarrett Jack with a pull-up jumper just outside the lane. Suddenly it was 80-64 and the Warriors were rolling against a Timberwolves team that entered the game leading the NBA in scoring defense.

"We've got to be a grinding ballclub," Jack said. "It's not always going to be a shirt and tie. ... We've got to be a team that's going to be able to grit our teeth."

With six of his top seven players out, Adelman has been forced to elevate the minutes of role players, and it's starting to take its toll.

"We're playing with guys that are support players around our team and they're playing big minutes," Adelman said. "We didn't react the way we needed to."

Desperate for healthy bodies, the Wolves signed Josh Howard on Thursday.

He grabbed a rebound and knocked down a baseline jumper in his first 27 seconds on the court, then added a steal and another long two in a six-minute stint. It was exactly what Adelman was looking for, some competent wing play to allow a little bit of rest for Kirilenko, who played 88 minutes the previous two games.

Howard cooled off considerably in the second half, finishing with six points on 3-of-10 shooting.

The Wolves will get no sympathy from Golden State, which is missing center Andrew Bogut and swingman Brandon Rush.

"Nobody's going to take any pity on you, any mercy on you because you're not at full strength," Jack said.

NOTES: During a video in the first quarter, Kirilenko told the story of how he got the nickname AK47. He said he originally had No. 13 when he came to the Jazz, but gave it up to Jackson, who now coaches the Warriors. Jazz teammate and former University of Minnesota star Quincy Lewis told Kirilenko about the gun, so Kirilenko chose the No. 47 and the nickname was born. ... Former Wolves, Pistons and Wizards coach Flip Saunders watched a game from the seats at Target Center for the first time since he was fired by Minnesota in 2005. ... The Warriors improved to 4-0 when Jack, who scored 13 points, reaches double figures.