For the third consecutive game, the entire fourth quarter was garbage time. This time, however, the Warriors were on the positive end.
Coming off consecutive embarrassing defeats, the Warriors took it out on the Minnesota Timberwolves, 146-105 on Monday at Oracle Arena.
"We needed that in the worst way," guard Anthony Morrow said after totaling 20 points, four assists and four rebounds. "And not just a win, but a great win by a large margin."
The Warriors (2-4) certainly needed some good news. The team also learned Monday that Biedrins is suffering from Osteitis Pubis, which is inflammation of the muscles that attach his right groin and abdominal muscles. Biedrins will be re-evaluated on Nov. 23, which means he will miss the entire five-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Indiana.
Biedrins hurt his back in Wednesday's win over Memphis. He sat out Friday's home loss against the Los Angeles Clippers but returned and played 21 minutes at Sacramento on Sunday. Nelson said playing Biedrins might've been a bad move after the starting center aggravated his back.
But neither Biedrins' prolonged absence nor a 15-rebound disadvantage could take away from the dominance the Warriors displayed.
"I wouldn't make too much out of it," coach Don Nelson said, "but we did play well."
It was one of those nights for the Warriors. Swingman Kelenna Azubuike totaled 31 points in 29 minutes. Swingman Stephen Jackson set a career high with 15 assists. Even maligned second-year man Anthony Randolph had his best game of the season, totaling 23 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
The Warriors set the league high for points in a game this season, shot 57.1 percent from the field and set a season-high with 36 assists. Every available bench player scored in double figures.
The Warriors totaled 65 assists in their two victories, 79 in their four losses.
"I just wanted to make plays," Jackson said. "I know I'm one of the guys who has to make plays for other guys and not worry about my shot that much."
On defense, the Warriors collected 22 steals and forced 28 Minnesota turnovers. Minnesota made 5 of 20 shots from 3-point range. Opponents had been shooting 43.2 percent from deep coming into the game.
The game was tied at 40 when the Warriors began to pull away. Corey Maggette got things going with a three-point play at the 7:18 mark of the second quarter. Then, after he hit two more free throws, he stole a Flynn pass and turned it into a fast-break layup. The next time down, he found a cutting Ellis for a layup, putting the Warriors ahead 49-40.
Maggette wasn't done. After two more free throws, and a Jackson layup, he drove the basket and found Morrow for a 3-pointer. At the 3:17 mark, Maggette dunked home an alley-oop from Stephen Curry, putting Golden State ahead 59-47.
Azubuike closed the half with a 3-pointer and a dunk set up by Jackson on a fast break, sending the Warriors went into the locker room up 74-55. It was their highest-scoring first-half since April 8, 2008, when they scored 77 against visiting Sacramento.
In all, the night was summed up as the clock wound down to end the third quarter, the Warriors ahead 108-77. As the final five seconds ticked away, the ball ended up in Jackson's hands at the top of the arc. Jackson drove and passed the ball behind him to Curry, who was 29 feet from the basket.
Of course Curry's shot went in. Of course it beat the buzzer. It was that kind of night.