Curry scores 40, Warriors rout Wolves 142-110 in Shanghai
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 09, 2017 08:24 AM
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry gestures during the preseason NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai, China, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo)
The Associated Press - 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 three-point range, and added eight assists.
Klay Thompson added eight three-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 (Saturday, PHL time). Minnesota (2-1) has finished its preseason schedule.
WIZARDS 102, CAVALIERS 94
Bradley Beal scored 11 points in limited action and the Wizards improved to 3-0.
The Cavaliers rested LeBron James and nearly all their regulars in Washington and fell to 0-3. Jeff Green had a series of dunks and led Cleveland with 19 points.
CAVALIERS: Also sitting for Cleveland were Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder and Tristan Thompson. Kay Felder started at guard and had 12 points and 11 assists. Kyle Korver had 11 points. Turkish rookie Cedi Osman finished with six points, six assists and five rebounds.
WIZARDS: Beal played nine minutes and fellow guard John Wall logged just 7.5. Jodie Meeks and Carrick Felix scored 12 points off the bench to pace Washington.
UP NEXT: Cleveland (0-3) hosts Chicago on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Washington (3-0) visits Miami on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
TRAIL BLAZERS 134, CLIPPERS 106
Damian Lillard scored 35 points, CJ McCollum added 20 and Portland rang up 70 points in the first half in Los Angeles.
Blake Griffin and Serbian star Milos Teodosic each scored 15 for the Clippers.
TRAIL BLAZERS: Lillard was 13-for-13 from the free throw line. He and McCollum each made four three-pointers. Maurice Harkless was 6-for-6 off the bench and scored 16 points. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Portland scored 43 points in the second quarter.
CLIPPERS: Teodosic made four three-pointers despite dislocating his left pinkie finger. DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari (left mid-foot sprain), Austin Rivers (strained right glute) and Sam Dekker (strained left oblique) sat out.
UP NEXT: Portland (2-1) visits Sacramento on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Los Angeles (1-2) hosts Sacramento on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
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 three-point attempts. Rookie Kyle Kuzma added 15 points.
UP NEXT: Sacramento (1-2) hosts Portland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Los Angeles (1-3) hosts Utah on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
PELICANS 108, BULLS 95
Anthony Davis had 37 points and 15 rebounds in New Orleans' first victory of the preseason. He was 22-for-23 from the free throw line.
Denzel Valentine scored 15 points for Chicago, which won at New Orleans on Tuesday.
PELICANS: DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Rajon Rondo, who spent one season with the Bulls, didn't play. Davis also had three assists and three steals. Jrue Holiday scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
BULLS: Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic and Justin Holiday all scored 13 points. Rookie Lauri Markkanen made his preseason debut and was 1-for-9, missing all six three-point attempts, and scoring four points in 15 minutes. Jerian Grant had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.
UP NEXT: New Orleans (1-2) visits Memphis on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Chicago (2-2) visits Cleveland on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
NETS 117, KNICKS 83
D'Angelo Russell scored 16 points to lead the unbeaten Nets beat the Knicks for the second time in six nights.
Willy Hernangomez had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winless Knicks.
KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis played just 16 minutes before leaving with a sore right hip. Rookie Frank Ntilikina, Enes Kanter and Michael Beasley all sat out. Doug McDermott, acquired with Kanter from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade, sprained his left pinkie finger and scored two points in 13 minutes. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points.
NETS: Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert both made their preseason debuts after ankle injuries. Crabbe scored 14 points and LeVert had 12. Jeremy Lin was just 3-for-12 for seven points.
UP NEXT: New York (0-3) hosts Houston on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Brooklyn (3-0) plays Philadelphia on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in Uniondale, New York.
SPURS 122, NUGGETS 100
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Spurs handed the Nuggets their first loss of the preseason.
Nikola Jokic had 19 points and seven rebounds for Denver.
NUGGETS: Gary Harris scored 15 points after agreeing to a four-year, $84 million extension. Paul Millsap was just 2-for-11 from the field and scored 13 points. Will Barton came off the bench for 16 points. Point guards Jameer Nelson and Emmanuel Mudiay were a combined 2-for-11.
SPURS: San Antonio shot 57 percent from the field and three-point range, going 16-of-28 behind the arc. Rudy Gay and Danny Green each scored 11 points in a little more than 20 minutes. Pau Gasol and Patty Mills rested. Reserve Bryn Forbes scored 20 points.