Stephen Curry brought fans to their feet in China with a performance ripped right out of his MVP highlight reel.
Then Magic Johnson had them standing during a somber scene in Las Vegas.
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 3-point range, and added eight assists.
The Lakers and Sacramento Kings ended the day with a game in Las Vegas, a week after the shooting that killed 58 people. Johnson, the Lakers Hall of Famer and now team president, addressed the crowd before the game, asking fans to stand for a moment of silence and pray for the families of the victims and lock arms, as players from both teams did while wearing shirts that read #VegasStrong.
WARRIORS 142, TIMBERWOLVES 110
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: 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.
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