The bench had been one of the biggest concerns for Warriors faithful. But Wednesday, the reserves had a big hand in Golden State's 106-93 win over playoff hopeful Minnesota.

No doubt, the return of Harrison Barnes had something to do with it.

The second-year forward, who missed the first four games with left toe inflammation, scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in his season debut. The offense off the bench was a sight for sore eyes and, coupled with hungry defense, eventually wore out Minnesota.

Golden State needed production on both ends from its reserves. Klay Thompson had 30 points, David Lee finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala had 20 points and six assists. But two of the Warriors' starters weren't much of a factor.

Point guard Stephen Curry, who totaled five points and seven assists, played just 24 minutes before leaving for good in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain. Center Andrew Bogut was plagued with foul trouble most of the game before eventually being disqualified.

Plus, the Warriors starters were getting carved up by the Timberwolves offense.

But the bench changed that. Jermaine O'Neal, Draymond Green, Marreese Speights and Toney Douglas impacted the tone of the game with their aggressive, physical style. Suddenly, scoring was a fight for Minnesota.

Barnes came in and immediately provided some punch. He knocked down a jumper on his first touch. A minute later, he hit another one. Later, he converted a driving layup. It was exactly the kind of game-changing impact the Warriors expected from one of the stars of last year's postseason run.

Led by Barnes, the Warriors' bench outscored Minnesota 27-10. Speights, Green and O'Neal combined for 20 rebounds.

Golden State ended up holding Minnesota to 37.8 percent shooting and outrebounding the Timberwolves 49-40.

The Warriors trailed 50-47 at the half, and that was good news. Minnesota had its way with Golden State's defense early, shooting 50 percent in the first quarter. But the Warriors' defensive-oriented bench grinded the Timberwolves' production to a halt.

Golden State held Minnesota to 19 points on 5-of-20 shooting in the second quarter. The Warriors weren't lighting it up either, at least not at the pace they have all season. But they kept Minnesota from building a big lead, which Minnesota had done in each of the last four contests here.

In the third quarter, Golden State took control of the game. A 13-2 run early in the second half -- seven by Thompson -- put Golden State ahead 65-54 with 6:47 left in the game.