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D’Angelo Russell’s 52 points not enough to lift Warriors, lose to Timberwolves, 125-119

MINNEAPOLIS — D’Angelo Russell’s solo act wasn’t enough to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it came close.

After missing three games with a right ankle sprain, Russell returned to a starting lineup still missing Stephen Curry (hand), Klay Thompson (ACL) and Draymond Green (finger) and scored 52 points in the Warriors’ 125-119 overtime loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota Friday.

With Russell back running point, the Warriors reverted to the pick-and-roll heavy scheme they implemented after Stephen Curry broke his hand.

As Golden State’s trio of centers Willie Cauley-Stein, Omari Spellman and Marquese Chriss setting high screens, Russell picked and prodded at Minnesota’s defense, setting the tone against a team that came into the night with the highest-ranked pace in the league.