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Warriors dominate paint in 106-98 win over Wolves

AP Basketball Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mark Jackson's Golden State Warriors have
started flexing their muscles and picking up steam after being
pushed around in a loss to Denver last weekend.

Rick Adelman's "magnificent nine" Minnesota Timberwolves have
finally started to wear down after a spirited start to the
season and desperately need the break they have coming up.

David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Warriors
dominated inside during a 106-98 victory over the Timberwolves
on Friday night.

Carl Landry added 15 points and seven boards and Stephen Curry
had 17 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4), who
outscored Minnesota 58-22 in the paint.

After the Nuggets owned them inside in a double-overtime win on
Saturday, the Warriors have responded with two decisive
performances in the paint in wins over the Hawks and Wolves.

"We talked about it losing to Denver a couple of games ago
because they outrebounded us and they dominated us," Jackson
said. "So we made the adjustments and fortunately the last two
games we've been doing a good job of securing the basketball,
closing out defensive possessions."

Alexey Shved had 22 points and seven assists and Derrick
Williams had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves
(5-4), who are starting to succumb to the injuries that have
ravaged them early this season. Now they have four much-needed
days off to try to recuperate.

"We're running out of gas a little bit," said Andrei Kirilenko,
who had 18 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

The Wolves have been playing with just nine players for the last
three games. Nikola Pekovic (sprained left ankle), J.J. Barea
(sprained left foot) and Brandon Roy (sore right knee) are out
for the short term. Kevin Love (right hand) and Ricky Rubio
(left knee) aren't expected to make their season debuts until
December and Chase Budinger (left knee) is out for three to four

Harrison Barnes had 18 points and nine rebounds and the Warriors
outrebounded Minnesota 50-34. Golden State led 90-76 with eight
minutes to play, but the scrappy Wolves clawed back in it, just
as they've done all season.

Shved's runner cut it to 92-89 with four minutes to go, but the
short-handed Wolves just didn't have enough in the tank to
finish it off.

Lee hit a short jumper and Charles Jenkins and Barnes both
scored on easy drives to close it out. It was a nice win for the
Warriors to start a tough three-game road trip that includes
games at Oklahoma City and Dallas.

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

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

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.

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