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Wolves hit skids again

MINNEAPOLIS -- Here they go again. Another losing streak has started in Minnesota. Baron Davis had 22 points, nine assists and a season-high five steals to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 105-98 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night....

MINNEAPOLIS -- Here they go again. Another losing streak has started in Minnesota.

Baron Davis had 22 points, nine assists and a season-high five steals to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 105-98 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Stephen Jackson added 21 points for the Warriors.

Antoine Walker had season highs with 26 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Minnesota, which has lost another three in a row. Al Jefferson added 18 points and 14 boards.

Losing comes in bunches for these young Wolves (5-32), who haven't halted a losing streak at fewer than five games this season.

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Monta Ellis scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter and the Warriors scored 31 points off 20 Minnesota turnovers to win their third straight game.

The Warriors are trying to keep pace with the Lakers in the Pacific Division.

The Lakers have won seven games in a row and started the night with a 4½ game lead on Golden State, but lost center Andrew Bynum for eight weeks with an injured left knee. That could open the door for the Warriors, who have won four of five and have plenty of confidence in reserve coming off their first playoff appearance in 13 years.

The Timberwolves trimmed a 14-point halftime lead to 62-58 midway through the third quarter when Ryan Gomes hit a jumper to cap a 10-0 run.

Golden State responded with a 21-6 spurt of its own and finished the third quarter in back-breaking fashion.

Davis hit a long 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left in the period, then got a steal and threw a lob to Matt Barnes just before the period ended for an 83-66 lead.

Mickael Pietrus opened the fourth with a 3-pointer for a 22-point lead, but the Warriors got sloppy made just three of their first 15 shots in the fourth to allow the Wolves to trim the lead to 96-92 with 3:26 to play.

But Jackson came back with a 3-pointer, then converted a layup off a steal after appearing to travel to put the game away.

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The way this season has gone for the Wolves, the losses could keep coming. They have had three five-game losing streaks, a six-gamer and an eight-gamer before their current three-game

slide.

NOTES: Timberwolves C Theo Ratliff has rejoined the team after spending the last month in Alabama following knee surgery. Ratliff isn't expected to be ready to play for another few weeks. ... Rashad McCants drew a technical with 6:13 to go in the second after he faked like he was going to throw the ball in the stands after being called for a foul. ... Davis wore a brace on his sore left shoulder for the third game in a row.

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