The Warriors on Thursday missed an opportunity to pass a milestone, which suddenly makes the 73-win mountain immensely higher.
Committing 24 turnovers that led to 31 Minnesota points, the Warriors lost at home for the second time in five days, 124-117 in an overtime shocker before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors, who won their first 36 home games, have lost two of their last three after blowing a 17-point third-quarter lead to the Timberwolves.
The loss snaps the Warriors’ 114-game winning streak when leading by at least 15 points.
Shabazz Muhammad came off the bench to score 35 points to pace Minnesota (26-52), which snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors.
Failing to become the second team in NBA history to reach the 70-win mark, the Warriors now must win all four of their remaining games to surpass the 72-10 record of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and own the distinction of having the best single-season record in NBA history.
All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, but it was not enough to offset the 31 points Minnesota scored off 24 Warriors turnovers.
Klay Thompson finished with a team-high 28, followed by Stephen Curry with 21, Harrison Barnes with 20, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut with 10. Shaun Livingston came off the bench to add 14 points.
Barnes was terrific early and Bogut was massive throughout.
Barnes’ line: 20 points (8-of-11 shooting from the field, 4-of-5 from beyond the arc), five rebounds. He played 35 minutes and was plus-4 for the game.
Bogut’s line: 10 points (5-of-7 shooting), 15 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-16.
Despite the Warriors leading by as much as 17 in third quarter, the Timberwolves staged a ferocious comeback to push this one into OT, where dominated, outscoring the Warriors 18-11.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (rib soreness) and F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain) were listed as questionable and declared eligible prior to tipoff, with Bogut placed in the starting lineup. F Kevon Looney (R hip inflammation) was listed as out.
Timberwolves: F Kevin Garnett (R knee soreness) and C Nikola Pekovic (R ankle soreness) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Thursday night, when the San Antonio Spurs visit Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.