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 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.
WARRIORS 142, TIMBERWOLVES 110
WARRIORS: 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.
TIMBERWOLVES: 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.
LAKERS 75, KINGS 69
Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers’ first preseason victory. Zach Randolph scored 16 points for the cold-shooting Kings.
KINGS: Garrett Temple was the only other Sacramento player in double figures with 12 points. The Kings shot 31 percent, Rookie De’Aaron Fox was 1 for 6 with three points in nine minutes.
LAKERS: Rookie Lonzo Ball sat out again as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. Brook Lopez had 12 points in his first action with the Lakers, making both 3-point attempts….Rookie Kyle Kuzma added 15 points.
UP NEXT: Sacramento (1-2) hosts Portland on Monday. Los Angeles (1-3) hosts Utah on Tuesday.