OAKLAND, California — Two days after a career game against the Utah Jazz, Derrick Rose had a very short night against the Golden State Warriors.
Rose played just five minutes in the first quarter for the Minnesota Timberwolves and scored three points, then didn't return because of left ankle soreness — two nights after the 2011 MVP scored a career-high 50 points in a victory against Utah.
The Timberwolves ended up losing to the reigning champions, 116-99, as Kevin Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds and Stephen Curry contributed 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the Warriors' seventh straight win.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers 50 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter to put Golden State ahead 91-89 with 10:17 to play. Draymond Green then got back-to-back baskets, one helped by goaltending.
Rose hit his only shot of the game before leaving, but at least got some glowing words from Curry.
"Amazing story just in terms of what he's been through," Curry said. "It's great for him, comeback story all about opportunity, believing in yourself."
Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 22 points. Minnesota was outrebounded 61-39.
Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins has been scrimmaging full court 4-on-4 — the Warriors don't have the bodies to go 5-on-5, Kerr said — and he is moving well and his shot looks strong as he recovers from surgery for a torn left Achilles.
Yet that doesn't mean Cousins will be in games anytime soon.
"I love how far he's come, but I don't want people to get the idea that he's getting close to coming back," Kerr said. "It's still going to be some time."