After the Minnesota Timberwolves won Tuesday night, Andrew Wiggins gave a chesty on-court interview. How, he was asked, did the lowly Timberwolves, winners of 25 games to that point, make up a 17-point deficit against the Golden State Warriors, the 69-and-counting defending NBA champions?
"My team's good," Wiggins said. "We can win any given night."
The explanation felt like Wiggins was trying to convince everyone in the NBA — including his own teammates.
The Warriors were supposed to continue their march into the history books last night. It was just another home game, this one against a Minnesota team way, way outside playoff contention, with nothing to play for but pride. Apparently that's enough.
Wiggins poured in 32 points in Minnesota's shocking 124-117 upset, including the crucial driving bucket with 19 seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime. Then he put up 10 more points in the overtime period.
It took great shooting nights from Wiggins (11-for-19) and Shabazz Muhammad (9-for-12!), and a couple don't-worry-I-got-this drives from rookie Karl-Anthony Towns, but Minnesota pulled it out, producing one of the most unexpected scorelines of the year.
If Golden State is still going to set an NBA record with 73 wins, it needs to win all four games remaining on its regular season schedule.
This one, at home against a struggling team, was supposed to be a gimme. No one told Andrew Wiggins.