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Five takeaways from Warriors catching fire vs T'Wolves in China

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Five takeaways from Warriors catching fire vs T'Wolves in China

The Warriors closed out their weeklong swing through China on Sunday by gaining their first preseason win, a 142-110 romp over the Timberwolves at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

The defending champs started slowly but were, on the whole, much sharper than they had been in either of their first two exhibitions, including a loss to Minnesota on Thursday.

Here are five takeaways from the game:

SPLASH BROTHERS ON TARGET: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the best long-distance shooting duo in the NBA, lived up the billing. Curry scored 40 points (13-of-20 from the field, including 6-of-9 beyond the arc, and 8-of-9 from the line) and Thompson fired in 28 (10-of-16 from the field, 8-of-10 from deep). It must also be noted that Curry’s game-high eight assists were the result of finding creative ways to get teammates involved.

UGLY EARLY: The Warriors have proven susceptible to poor first quarters, and this game was an example of that. Energy was low. There were sloppy passes, as well as fits of overpassing; they committed five turnovers in the first seven minutes. They also missed several defensive rotations, giving up easy baskets that allowed the Timberwolves to score 44 points in the quarter.

BEAUTIFUL LATE: Perhaps spurred by a blast of energy provided by Curry midway through the second quarter, the Warriors began buckling down on defense and perking up on offense. They outscored Minnesota 106-66 over the remainder of the game. The postgame stat sheets were inconsistent, but the eye test revealed a team that summoned the will to take care of business before heading home.

BELL MAKING NOISE: Rookie forward Jordan Bell continues to deliver. Though most of his minutes are against second-stringers -- as would be the case in the regular season -- he turns energy into production. Playing seven minutes, he scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting, with his athleticism on full display. He has been much more effective than second-year big man Damian Jones, who did not play.

THE SWAT TEAM: With Draymond Green leading the way with three, the Warriors recorded 11 blocks on most stat sheets. Others getting in on the action were Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee, David West, Omri Casspi and Bell. The Warriors, despite not having a classic rim protector, led the league in blocks last season and have the goods to do so again.

Mark your calendars because 'China Klay' will be making his triumphant return

Mark your calendars because 'China Klay' will be making his triumphant return

Editor's note: The above video is from last September at Warriors Media Day.

JaVale McGee broke some news after practice on Monday.

The Warriors big man is hosting his fifth annual Water For Life charity softball game on June 23 at the Oakland Coliseium.

Who will be in attendance?

[RELATED: Klay makes it crystal clear -- the Warriors do not want to fly back to San Antonio]

"Most of the players -- the only person who's definitely not coming is Klay just because he has things to do in China."

Wait. Hold up. Hang on.

That means that...

China Klay will be back!

It all began last summer with this...

... and the rest is history.

Klay's trip to China is through his shoe deal with Anta.

Last June, the four-time All-Star's representatives negotiated a new contract with Anta that could be worth as much as $80 million through 2016, according to ESPN's Nick DePaula.

In case you forgot how legendary Klay's trip to China was last June, watch this:

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Klay makes it crystal clear -- the Warriors do not want to fly back to San Antonio

Klay makes it crystal clear -- the Warriors do not want to fly back to San Antonio

The Warriors missed out on the opportunity to sweep the Spurs.

They were sloppy with the ball in Game 4 and not focused from the opening tip.

So what needs to change in Game 5?

[PODCAST: Player-by-player breakdown of Game 4 loss to Spurs]

"Do everything we did, but opposite," Klay Thompson told reporters on Monday. "So win the game and move the ball better."

See -- it's that simple!

After scoring 27, 31 and 19 points in Games 1 through 3 respectively, Klay struggled on Sunday to the tune of 12 points on 4-for-16 from the field.

He's confident that he will bounce back.

"I don't know if I'm gonna get 60, but if I get half that I'll be happy," Klay said.

If the Warriors lose on Tuesday night, Game 6 would be in Texas on Thursday.

Klay doesn't even want to think about that scenario.

"Beautiful opportunity for us to close it out at home and that's the goal because we do not want to make that flight back to San Antonio," Klay declared. "It's no fun...

"We're a championship team and we'll repond like one."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller