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              === Jack, Warriors square off with Timberwolves ===
 (Sports  Network) -  Jarrett Jack has been a much-needed weapon for the Golden
 State  Warriors  lately and  will take  his hot hand  to the  road Sunday in a
 matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
 Jack  is  averaging 23 ppg  in his last four  games and played an instrumental
 role  in Friday's  107-101 overtime  win versus  the San  Antonio Spurs.  Jack
 scored 17 of his season 30 points in the fourth quarter and overtime combined,
 and   also   handed  out  10  assists.   He  became  the  first  player  since
 Magic Johnson in 1996 to record a 30-point/10-assist game as a reserve.
 "With  all  due respect  to what Jamal  Crawford has done  for the Los Angeles
 Clippers and with all due respect to what J.R. Smith has done for the New York
 Knicks  --  Jarrett Jack  has been the  best sixth man  all year long," Golden
 State  coach Mark Jackson  said. "He's carried us at times, been a great voice
 in  our  locker room, he's a  great competitor and he's been outstanding since
 day  one. When you  look at our record and where we are sitting, how you could
 ignore  what  he has  done for  us off the  bench with  closing ball games and
 having a calming effect."
 Jack leads the league among reserves with 5.6 assists per game.
 David Lee had 25 points and a game-high 22 rebounds and Stephen Curry added 18
 points and six assists for the Warriors, who have won two straight following a
 six-game  losing streak, and ended a 16-game slide to the Spurs. Golden State,
 which  sported its  short-sleeved alternate  uniform for  the first  time, was
 without  center Andrew  Bogut. He sat out with back spasms and is questionable
 The Warriors are opening a five-game road trip against Minnesota and have lost
 their  previous five road  bouts. They are 14-16 away from Oakland and 3-10 in
 the past 13 as the guest.
 Minnesota  was  just handed a 127-111  setback by the Oklahoma City Thunder on
 Friday and was led by Alexey Shved's 17 points. Shved was one of seven players
 in double figures, while Andrei Kirilenko and Dante Cunningham each registered
 15 points in the loss. Ricky Rubio had 13 points, nine assists and five steals
 for the Wolves, losers in six of the last eight games.
 Russell  Westbrook  scorched  Minnesota  with a  season-high  37  points.  The
 Thunder had an 18-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
 "We let him (have) a lot of room to maneuver," Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman
 said  of Westbrook. "He's just too quick and too strong to give him room to go
 at the basket."
 After  Sunday's game, the Wolves, who are 13-13 in the Twin Cities, will begin
 a three-game road trip against the Suns, Lakers and Blazers.
 Minnesota  dropped  both meetings with  Golden State  so far this season, four
 straight  overall and 10  of the past 12 contests in this series. The Warriors
 are unbeaten in their last three visits to Target Center.
 02/24 11:00:22 ET

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