Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Dorell Wright scored a career-high 30 points and set a franchise record with nine three-pointers as Golden State topped Minnesota, 104-94, at the Target Center.
"He's a big facilitator for our team," said Warriors head coach Keith Smart about Lee. "He does so many more things for our team than just his points and rebounds. He's a communicator and it was great getting him back."
Wright went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc in the third, helping Golden State outscore the Timberwolves by a 36-17 margin in the quarter. As a result, the Warriors took an 84-68 advantage to the fourth.
"[Golden State] shot really well," said Minnesota forward Anthony Tolliver. "That's the danger in playing a team like that. They moved the ball around really well and they made the shots they needed. We just have to be better at making adjustments individually and as a team."
A Reggie Williams jumper opened the fourth quarter and stretched the Warriors' lead to a game-high 18. The Timberwolves chipped away and were within 92-84 on Milicic's layup with seven minutes to play.
The Warriors responded with a Lee layup and Ellis jumper, and Golden State led by at least nine the rest of the way.
Golden State held a 28-26 advantage after a back-and-forth first quarter.
Ellis scored 11 in the second, but the Timberwolves used a balanced attack to take a 51-48 lead into the locker room.
The Warriors ended a three-game road trip, and are now 3-7 away from home...Minnesota won the rebounding battle, 55-32...The Timberwolves committed 22 turnovers that the Warriors turned into 32 points.