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Wolves show some guts with streak-stopping win over Warriors

Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with a monster double-double.
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With Jimmy Butler and Steph Curry both out with injuries, Sunday's game between the Wolves and Warriors at Target Center was as fair as it gets, and the Wolves finally dug deep enough to hold on for an unexpected 109-103 win. 

Leading the way was Karl-Anthony Towns, who finished with a monster double-double of 31 points and 16 rebounds, including some of the key buckets down the stretch. 

"We understood the magnitude of this game," Towns said, via ESPN. "We had to come out with intensity and determination - we had to come out with some urgency, we had to come out with some desperation." 

The win snapped a season-long three-game losing streak and maybe gave the Wolves some momentum into the final four games of a brutal eight game start to March. 

It also moves the Wolves into fifth place in a crowded Western Conference, where they're just percentage points behind New Orleans for the No. 4 seed, which is critical because the top four seeds gain home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. 

"Only real alligators will make it out," said Towns, referring to the playoff race in the West. "We gotta come out the swamp alive."

Although they're in fifth place in the West, the Wolves are just two games behind third place Portland and just a game and a half from falling out of the top eight.

Up next: the Wolves road games against the Wizards Tuesday and Spurs Saturday before hosting the NBA-leading Rockets next Sunday.

Towns, by the way, leads the NBA with 57 doubles-doubles this season. 

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