Words by Jiggy Jones
WET. WET. WET. WET. WET. WET.
It’s only pre-season, but this did not seem to matter because two-time NBA Champion looked like himself in regular season form. Steph Curry played like a man on a mission. He shot lights out in Shanghai, dropping a whopping 40 points on the Minnesota Timberwolves to defeat them 142-110.
The two-time regular season MVP made the T-Wolves defense looked silly throughout the game with a combination of hard drives to the basket that lead to layups, transition buckets and of course, splashing from the beyond the three-point arc. If you were awake to catch this array of scoring excellence, you were in for a real treat.
The Warriors point guard tallied 21 points through two quarters of play. One highlight came after a steal in transition. Curry put the ball behind his back and stopped to drain a three pointer, one of six in the game, on nine attempts.
He then proceeded to take over in the third quarter, dancing on the Minnesota defense. On one play, Curry dribbled between his legs multiple times before draining a step back three the face of Minnesota’s Small Forward, Andrew Wiggins. After three quarters, his 40 points and eight assists was enough for him to retire for the game.
He sat out the entire fourth quarter.
As for the splash brother, Klay Thompson, he finished with 28 points. 24 of those points came off three-point bombs from on 10 attempts. They don’t call them the Splash bros for nothing. 2017’s finals MVP, Kevin Durant, cashed in 22 points.
On the T-Wolves side of the ball, they started the game on the right foot with 44 points through first 12 minutes of play, but could not sustain that effort for 48 minutes. The defending champs were just too much to handle for Minnesota. New comers Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague combined for 25 points through 42 minutes of playing time for the Timberwolves.
Although this was pre-season game, the atmosphere screamed one of 82 exciting games for the Bay Area ballers. The NBA regular season tips off on Tuesday, October 17th. Tune in.
Catch the highlights of Curry’s performance below.