Curry pours in 40 points as Warriors finish China trip with rout of T'Wolves

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Curry pours in 40 points as Warriors finish China trip with rout of T'Wolves

Stephen Curry finished off his China trip with a performance ripped right out of his MVP highlight reel.

Curry scored 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 142-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in Shanghai for a split of their two-game series in China.

It was the Warriors' first win of the preseason and came like so many of their victories of the last three years, filled with Curry's incredible shot-making and playmaking .

The 2015 and 2016 NBA MVP was 13 for 20 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and added eight assists.

Klay Thompson added eight 3-pointers and 28 points, while Kevin Durant scored 22.

Andrew Wiggins had 19 points for Minnesota, which won't play again in the preseason.

Golden State shot 60 percent from the field (51 of 85) and 61 percent (20 for 33) from behind the arc.  Rookie Jordan Bell made all five shots and scored 11 points. Draymond Green also scored 11.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 points and Jimmy Butler had 15. The Wolves poured in 44 points in the first quarter, but Tom Thibodeau's club yielded quarters of 36, 40 and 38 points over the first three periods.

UP NEXT: Golden State (1-2) hosts Sacramento on Friday. Minnesota (2-1) has finished its preseason schedule.

NBA Gameday: How Will Warriors handle new-look T'Wolves in China?

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NBA Gameday: How Will Warriors handle new-look T'Wolves in China?

Programming note: Watch "Warriors Outsiders" tonight at 10:30pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, followed by Warriors-Timberwolves from China at 11pm.

Playing the second of four games on their preseason schedule, the Warriors will need to make three significant adjustments when facing the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

The first two are the location and the tipoff time. The game will be played halfway around the world, at the Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen, China at 11 p.m. Pacific time and can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area.

The third adjustment is to the opponent. Minnesota during the offseason underwent a major redesign, resulting in 10 new faces, including three new starters: guards Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, and power forward in Taj Gibson. They’ve also added veteran guards Jamal Crawford and Aaron Brooks as reserves.

This is the first of two games in China between the teams as part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 6

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Timberwolves: Rookie C Justin Patton (L foot surgery recovery) is listed as out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

ACTION BEYOND THE ARC: After shooting 12.1 percent (4-of-33) from 3-point range in their preseason opener last Saturday, the Warriors, though hardly alarmed, will seek to post numbers more representative of their shooting skill.

TRACKING THE KAT: Minnesota C Karl-Anthony Towns is among the best big men in the league. And he’s only 21. The Warriors will try a variety of defenders, from starters Draymond Green and Kevin Durant to reserves JaVale McGee and Damian Jones.

SIZE MATTERS: The Warriors love the play small, while the Timberwolves go the opposite direction, starting only one player (Teague) under 6-8 -- with 6-11 former starters Gorgui Dieng coming off the bench. This should be an early look at how the Warriors will deal with opponents boasting great length.

Kevin Durant offers analysis of top West contenders: 'That's a smart move'

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Kevin Durant offers analysis of top West contenders: 'That's a smart move'

The Warriors were so dominant this past season, they forced several top contenders to make surprising moves in an attempt to compete with the champs during the 2017-18 season.

The Rockets acquired Chris Paul. The Clippers signed Danilo Gallinari and European guard Milos Teodosic. The Thunder got Paul George from Indiana. The T'Wolves added Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague. Denver signed Paul Millsap. Boston and Cleveland have (tentatively) swapped Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics also signed Gordon Hayward.

And Kevin Durant has some interesting thoughts on most of those moves. While speaking on The Bill Simmons Podcast recently, the NBA Finals MVP was asked about the Rockets, Thunder, Clippers, T'Wolves, Nuggets and the big Cavs-Celtics trade.

Durant on the Irving-Thomas trade:

I don't think that was because of us.

Durant on the Rockets trading for Paul:

I'm not surprised by anything, but it was kind of like 'Hmm. Damn, that's a smart move. I wouldn't think anybody would be that smart to pull that off.' I think it was a great move. You put two guys together that are crafty with the ball, they're going to get everybody shots and they going to get each other shots. It was a ballsy move to pull off by [Rockets GM Daryl] Morey. I don't think anybody would have thought to do that.

Durant on the Thunder added George to MVP Russell Westbrook.

That was a shock too. That was a shock. That was shocking because Indiana just gave him away. And I didn't think OKC would even think about giving up anything for to trade for him. I didn't think they'd do it. That was a ballsy move.

Durant on the retooled Clippers:

Teodosic...I can't wait to see him play. He made the greatest pass I ever seen my life last summer. We was all like 'How the hell did you see that?' He was running towards to the sideline and flicked around his head through two people on a dime, and he was at the 3-point line...with his right hand. It kind of faked me out. I spinned in a circle. I was like 'that's the greatest pass I've ever seen...from anybody.' Best pass I've ever seen. So I'm excited to see how he plays.

You could tell that at some point everybody there needed some new life and energy. Whether it was somebody leaving or somebody bringing in another big player, they needed new energy. And you can sense that now with the Clippers, especailly with Doc just being the head coach now. I think that's going to be good for them.

Durant on the new-look Timberwolves:

[Butler] was hurt. I could tell he was hurt he got traded. Ain't not loyalty, man. Do your thing, Jimmy.

That's a lot of talent. Let's see how that works.

Let’s go down the line with that:

Now Teague. Can’t really shoot that well but he can play. He need the ball though. And Jimmy. He can shoot it, but he need a rhythm so he need the ball, too. [Andrew] Wiggins, he the same way. He need the ball. They can all score. They all good, but somebody gotta give up something….

I’m just saying somebody will have to give up something in their games in order for it to work, and I believe that they will. But [Karl-Anthony] Towns needs to be the guy that they get the ball to, I think, because he’s so good. Jimmy needs to be facilitating. Wiggins is going to be the guy if you need a basket, he’s going to be the finisher.

Durant on the Nuggets:

Yo, they're the second best offense in the league. They were second in the league in the assists, they can shoot the 3-pointer, they got passing in their bigs and they got small guards. I think they need a point guard that they really, really believe in because they were putting [Emmanuel] Mudiay on the bench sometimes because he was hurt and they played Jameer [Nelson] and they were trying to make the playoffs so they didn't want to mess the rhythm up. I get it, but I feel like they need a stable point guard that they trust. And hopefully that's Mudiay because I'm pulling for him. But I like their team, their offense, Mike Malone. Man, when Sacramento let him go, I was like 'What are you doing?' This dude is a guru.