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Friday, January 24th (All times Eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (20-21) at Golden State Warriors (26-17), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love and Steph Curry can talk about their first- time starting gigs in the All-Star game Friday night when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit Oracle Arena to face the Golden State Warriors.

Love and Curry were two of four first-time All-Star starters when the league made the announcement on Thursday.

Love got a late push to overtake Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard in the final week of voting.

"I think it's a little sweeter this way because I really didn't expect it," Love said on a conference call. "I was already humbled by the response the fans gave me to being very close to the top (frontcourt players). The outreach by the Minnesota fans and beyond was truly amazing."

Curry, who was widely considered to get snubbed in not making last year's team, was the leading vote-getter among all guards in the league.

The Wolves come into Oracle Arena the winners of two straight thanks to a home-and-home sweep of the Utah Jazz.

On Tuesday in Salt Lake City, Love came close to a triple- double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to help the Timberwolves to a 112-97 win.

Corey Brewer also scored 19 points, while Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic netted 18 points apiece for Minnesota. Ricky Rubio added an 11-point, 13- assist double-double in the win.

The Wolves will visit Portland and Chicago before they return home.

The Warriors are struggling a bit, losing three of their last four.

They opened five-game homestand with a 102-94 setback on Monday to the Indiana Pacers.

Curry had 24 points and nine assists, David Lee scored 20 and pulled down 12 rebounds and Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 13 boards for the Warriors. Klay Thompson scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range in the setback.

Golden State trailed by 20, 60-40, with 10:48 remaining in the third quarter. The Warriors, though, cut the deficit to single digits, 68-60, after Curry knocked down a 19-footer at the 5:06 mark. Harrison Barnes' 3-pointer just 2:08 into the fourth made it 79-77, but an 8-2 swing put the Pacers in front 87-79.

"I really like my team. I like the way we responded in the second half," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "I like the fact that we made mistakes, gave up 17 offensive rebounds while turning the ball over and we were still in the ballgame. When we begin to take care of the little things it's going to be scary how good we can be."

The Warriors have won seven straight against the Wolves and Minnesota has dropped five of its last six as the visitor in this series.

01/24 10:25:36 ET

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CAR 17
CLE 13
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TOR 91
NYK 75
 
2nd
CLE 38
MEM 31
 
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
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ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
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QUIN 60
ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
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LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
 
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
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SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
2nd
HAMP 44
NARZ 37
 
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SDU 59
SDCHR 43
 
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BC 48
USC 51
 
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NICST 32
TROY 25
 
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BRAD 27
UCI 22
 
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SHU
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APP
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KSU
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 10
NYG 20
 
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OAK 7
BUF 7
 
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DAL 28
IND 0
 
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