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NBA scores: Timberwolves fall to Golden State on Friday night

Playing without a handful of key players, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Golden State Warriors 106-98 Friday night in Minnesota. Derrick Williams led the Timberwolves with 23 points.

Ronald Martinez

With a handful of key players out with short-term and long-term injuries, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Golden State Warriors 106-98 on Friday night in Minneapolis. Derrick Williams led all Timberwolves scorers with 23 points.

Minnesota entered Friday night's game short-handed, but should be more healthy the next time they take the court Wednesday night against Denver.

The Timberwolves have been without starters Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love since the preseason, and on Friday Minnesota was also forced to play without leading scorer Nikola Pekovic, as well as Brandon Roy who leads the team in assists. Pekovic is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury, while Roy was out Friday with a sore knee.

The loss dropped Minnesota's record to 5-4, which puts them 1.5 games behind Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division standings, and sixth overall in the Western Conference.

Trailing the Timberwolves in the Northwest Division are the Nuggets and Trailblazers (who are 4-5 each) and Utah, which entered Saturday 4-6 overall.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.