When I say that Monta Ellis didn't waste a second of Tuesday night's action, I mean it. The 25-year-old out of Jackson, Mississippi played the entire 48 minutes and didn't give the Wolves a chance in the second half.
On the flip side, tonight proved to be Darko Milicic's best game of his controversial eight-year career. The 7-footer from Serbia had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and was 12 of 19 shooting in just 31 minutes.
Ultimately it didn't matter as the Timberwolves fell to the Golden State Warriors 108-99. It was the Wolves' tenth loss in their last 12 games.
This one hurt badly as others in the past had, as the Wolves led by as much as 11 in the second quarter. This one had an odd feeling to it because in the past they had blown leads to decent or good teams. The Warriors do not qualify as either of those, perhaps having a worse run in the last 30 days than the Wolves, winning two out of their last 14 showdowns.
Milicic wasn't the only Wolf with a double-double, as Kevin Love kept his streak going with 13 points and 14 boards.
Luke Ridnour had 11 assists in 31 minutes. Michael Beasley had 19 points and seven rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter, and longest-tenured Wolf Corey Brewer chipped in 11 points and drained eight free throws in ten chances.
The anticipated debuts of guards Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster were decent at the least. Webster went 6 of 8 (including 2 of 2 from downtown) to finish with 17 points. Flynn, on the other hand, only took two shots but ended up with four assists in 16 minutes.
Ellis and Reggie Williams went off for Golden State, scoring 34 and 26 respectively. It was the second time that Williams crossed the 20-point barrier this season, and the 18th out of 25 chances for Ellis.
Dorell Wright and David Lee both played 30 minutes and dropped 12 and 10, respectively for the Warriors.
The Warriors' improved to 9-16 and will play on three days rest when they travel to Portland to take on the Blazers on Saturday.
The Wolves' record dropped to 6-19 and an awful 1-13 on the road. They will take on the Phoenix Suns in Arizona on Wednesday night, hoping to avoid the road jinx that has prolonged chances to win away from home.
Ellis took the phrase "give it your all" to a whole different level tonight, and played 48 minutes of solid basketball to earn a hard-fought victory for the Warriors.