MINNEAPOLIS — Stephen Curry led a frantic rally that the Golden State Warriors thought had assured a second overtime.
It never came after what they believed was a questionable call.
Karl-Anthony Towns made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 131-130 victory over the Warriors on Friday night.
Minnesota led by nine with 1:41 remaining in the extra period before Curry made three 3-pointers during an 11-2 run, including the tying
one from the corner with 0.5 seconds left.
But Towns was fouled by Kevin Durant on the ensuing inbounds pass on a lob play to the rim that appeared to be thrown too high. He made the first free throw to give him 15 points, intentionally missed the second and time expired as Towns secured the offensive rebound.
“I’m just real proud of us, especially with the game the way it was going,” Towns said. “A team of that caliber, to be down so big and then say we’re not going to quit.”
Curry made 11 3-pointers and scored 37 points for the Warriors, who dropped into a tie with Denver for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Durant added 23 points.
“First of all, we’re up 14 coming into the third, we can’t put ourselves in that position,” Durant said. “But this is the NBA and teams make a run, especially at home. Momentum can shift very quickly. So, they made it a game. But I thought we deserved to play five more minutes.”
Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points, his fifth consecutive game with 20 points or more, for Minnesota. Josh Okogie scored 21 points and Jerryd Bayless scored 17 as eight Timberwolves scored in double figures. Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
The Minnesota bench outscored the Golden State bench 49-25.
“That’s a big win,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. “Especially when you’re struggling, when you’re down in numbers. In a lot of ways, that’s a win that can propel you.”
Towns battled foul trouble and missed his first six shots from the field, while Wiggins fouled out with 2:21 left in overtime.
“It shows our fight,” Wiggins said. “We’re never going to give up, no matter what.”
The Warriors, who had won two consecutive games, led by as many as 19 points in the first half before the Timberwolves rallied in the third quarter. Minnesota put together a 32-13 run to end the period.