Timberwolves down Warriors late in Shenzhen
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 05, 2017 05:23 PM
SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 03: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves talk during practice and media availability at Shenzhen Gymnasium as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China on October 3, 2017 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Minnesota Timberwolves edged the Golden State Warriors late, to take a 111-97 win in their first preseason encounter, Thursday at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, part of the 2017 NBA China Games.
The defending NBA champions led early on, but when Coach Steve Kerr sat his first five late in the third period, the T-Wolves’ reserves seized the lead for good against their Warriors counterparts, reeling off a 32-14 fourth period.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler each scored 16 points, and combined for 13 rebounds and seven assists. Andrew Wiggins added 14, while Taj Gibson scored 13. Three more Timberwolves scored in double-figures off the bench, namely Nemanja Bejelica, Shabazz Muhammad, and Tyus Jones.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 20 points on an 8-of-13 shooting clip. Stephen Curry added 14 markers, six boards, and four dimes, but logged five fouls in 24 minutes. Klay Thompson chipped in 13, with the Splash Brothers each connecting on three triples.
The two teams continue their tour of China this week, and will face each other in a rematch on October 8, at the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Shanghai.