Timberwolves snap losing streak with win over Warriors

The short-handed Warriors, trying to salvage a two-game road trip after falling in Portland on Friday, again came up short with superstar Stephen Curry sidelined by a sprained right ankle. It would be weird for any National Basketball Association team to be without a starting point guard, particularly one of Curry's caliber.

And let's be clear: the lack of involvement on Towns' part isn't exclusively the fault of Tom Thibodeau and the offense; there are plenty of instances in which Towns is content to linger on the perimeter and even passes up mostly-open 3-point attempts - something that a 41.4 percent long-range shooter should never do, regardless of his height or position.

Towns had 31 points and 11 rebounds in the Timberwolves' most recent game against the Warriors, and the young center will certainly try to replicate that performance to give his team a win on Sunday night.

Sunday, the team lost their second consecutive game.

Even without Butler, the Timberwolves are not having issues scoring. Of course, the ability to turn to Kevin Durant is an absolute luxury; the nine-time All-Star dropped 40 points on 21 shots while chipping in six rebounds and six assists against the Blazers.

Embiid shot 9 of 17 from the field and likely would have recorded his 34th double-double of the season if Philadelphia did not pull away in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

In the last 7 games, the Warriors have gone 6-1 with an average point differential of 8.3. That was one of their worst defensive games of the season.

They have beat the Over/Under 2 times in this two-week span, while falling under 5 times.

RAPTORS 132, KNICKS 106: Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and Toronto won at NY for its season-high eighth straight victory. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook are just some of the All-Star level talent on these teams that have the potential to knock out the Rockets and Warriors.

Warriors: Return home to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

"Kevin Durant", Smith yelled at the camera, "I don't want to hear how much you miss Steph Curry, how much y'all miss Steph Curry".

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points for the Knicks, who have lost seven straight games and 15 of their past 16.