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Given the unappealing statistics and the uneasy look on Andrew Bogut's face as he limped off the court early in the first quarter, the Warriors found pleasure only in the result Monday night, a 102-86 rout of the utterly devastated Timberwolves at Target Center in Minneapolis.
The win streak moved to 13, the best in Warriors history. Their record moved to 18-2, the best start in franchise history. Their road win streak moved to eight, the best in franchise history. The overall numbers are growing more impressive each day.
That said, the Warriors wouldn't mind forgetting their performance and keeping only the victory.
Bogut's right knee tendinitis flared up in the opening minutes, forcing the 7-foot center to the sideline for the rest of the night. Neither the Warriors nor Bogut believe it's serious. They surely hope. He has become such an integral part of what they do – at both ends – they don't even want to think about life without him.
It took them a full half to reset themselves against one of the league's worst teams.
"I really don't feel like it had anything to do with it," coach Steve Kerr said of Bogut's absence. "It was our total lack of effort and focus. There wasn't much energy in the building and there wasn't much energy on our sideline. We were careless; we were lackadaisical with our switching, which is normally the staple of our defense.
"When you switch in a lazy manner, then it backfires because then there are wide-open lanes to the hoop and it just brings lethargy to the game and I thought that's what happened early."
The Warriors shot 38 percent in the first half, including 20 percent from 3-point distance. They also committed an astonishing 10 turnovers – and still had a 48-39 lead at the half.
The Timberwolves (4-16), missing Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, simply weren't good enough to exploit the many opportunities they had.
So the Warriors recovered and spent the second half looking more like the team that has not lost in four weeks.
"We got back to who we are,'' Stephen Curry said. "We were a little loose. I think we were focused . . . it was just bodies didn't catch up to what we were trying to do. Our defense was decent enough to hold them to 39 points in the first half. Usually when that happens, you can hopefully turn the game into your favor and build some momentum on your side, and that's what we were able to do."
Kerr joined Al Cervi as the only two rookie coaches to begin a season winning 18 of his first 20 games.
Shaun Livingston, who started slowly while coming off toe surgery, continues to excel off the bench. He played most of the fourth quarter, finishing with 12 points (5-of-8 shooting), six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Draymond Green missed all three of his 3-point attempts, so he delivered 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
Festus Ezeli, pressed into service with Bogut sidelined, acquitted himself well, with seven points, eight rebounds and one block in 21 minutes.
The Warriors missed 17 of their 22 3-point attempts; Curry shot 1-of-7 from deep.
The 17 turnovers committed by the Warriors are more than in any game during the win streak dating back to Nov. 13.
The Warriors had better hope Bogut's knee issue is not serious. They're an entirely different, and much less complete, team without him.
They spent much of this one playing as if they had one foot on the flight home, and their minds already on their personal living rooms. The first half was a mess; they're fortunate to have been playing a dreadful opponent.
The recovery came after Kerr flexed his vocal chords in the locker room at the half. The Warriors are listening, and that they have a personal pride. This was 48 minutes they won't get back, and probably don’t want back.