Another night, another Warriors win as Golden State took down the Timberwolves 126-113 at Oracle Arena.
Kevin Durant tallied the 10th triple-double of his career with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Warriors, but it is what he has done on back-to-back nights which is truly special for him.
Durant posted 10 assists for the second consecutive game for the first time in 743 career games. The Warriors had 37 assists on 48 made field goals which gives them 22 games this season with at least 32 assists. No other team in the NBA has done that more than seven times. Golden State is raising the bar for ball distribution and Durant is upping his passing game as well.
Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for his fifth win in his last six starts, and the Wild raised their home record to an NHL-leading 24-5-6. Matt Cullen, another long-time former Hurricanes player who teamed with Staal on the 2006 Stanley Cup champion squad, scored late for the Wild.
Phillip Di Giuseppe and Derek Ryan scored for Carolina in the third period on Dubnyk, who has allowed only nine goals over his last five victories.
The Hurricanes lost points on each of the competitors in the Eastern Conference wild card race, with New Jersey (76) and Columbus (73) currently holding the two spots and Florida (71) also ahead of Carolina (69).
“The players understand, his teammates understand what he’s there for,” Vardon said on the “In The Zone” podcast with Chris Broussard. “So on the one hand, they’re OK with him getting these shots and they understand that right now they’re not falling, but then they’re also frustrated because they know that playing this way is what disrupted a lot of the rhythm.”
Since Thomas came back Jan. 2, the Cavaliers are 3-7, and with him on the court they are 3-5. Thomas is averaging 15.9 points on 39.1 percent shooting and the Cavaliers are allowing 122.5 points per game. In the two games Thomas hasn’t played the Cavaliers have allowed an average of 99.5 points.
Thomas is reportedly the one openly telling players when he was with Boston his team cared more about team defense. He has also complained about the team not practicing enough, which has annoyed teammates.