Warriors move to franchise best 10-0 start

Stephen Curry scored 46 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-116.

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, drives around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andre Miller during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday. Curry led all scorers with 46 points as the Warriors won 129-116.   -  AP

The Golden State's perfect start to the season is now the best in franchise history as Stephen Curry scored 46 points and the Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-116 on Thursday.

Curry scored 21 of his game high total in the first quarter as Golden State improved to a franchise-best 10-0, surpassing the 1960-61 Warriors who opened at 9-0. That Warrior side was led by the legendary Wilt Chamberlain when the club was based in Philadelphia.

Curry had 25 points at halftime as the Warriors looked like they were going to run away with the game early at the Target Center arena in Minneapolis. He shot 15-of-25 from the field on the night, including eight-of-13 from beyond the arc for Golden State, the lone remaining unbeaten team in the NBA.

It also marked Curry's third 40 point game of the young season as the Warriors have picked up right where they left off last year when they won their first NBA championship in 40 years. He had been held to under 30 points in three consecutive games heading into Thursday's contest after averaging 35.5 points in his first six games.

Guard Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 19 points. Center Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and reserve forward Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points. The Timberwolves are a surprising 4-0 on the road this season but it has been a different story at home where they are now 0-4.

The Warriors scored the game's first 10 points, including six by Curry. He had 12 points and lifted the Warriors to a 22-10 lead before Minnesota called timeout less than halfway through the quarter. Curry finished the first quarter six-for-nine from the floor, including four-for-five from three-point range as the Warriors led by 40-27 after the period.

With the MVP on the bench, Minnesota pulled as close as 48-42 midway through the second but trailed 75-63 at the half. The 75 points scored by Golden State are the most by any team in a half this season. Wiggins had 14 first-half points, and Muhammad had 13.

Curry scored 10 more in the third, including back-to-back threes, and added another 11 in the fourth. All five Warriors starters finished in double figures. Forward Draymond Green had 23 points to go with 12 assists and eight rebounds. Minnesota had seven players finish in double figures.