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Watch: Stephen Curry drops 40 points and puts on a show in rout of Timberwolves

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The Golden State Warriors didn't begin their pre-season particularly well after losing their opening two games to the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

This prompted head coach Steve Kerr to call out his team for their "laziness" and physical condition.

Kerr's comments appeared to have the desired effect as the Warriors returned to their scintillating best in a 142-110 rout of the Timberwolves in China today.

The Dubs had shooting struggles in their first two games with Stephen Curry looking particularly rusty as he shot a combined 4-of-13 from downtown.

But it was no surprise that today's stunning victory coincided with the two-time MVP finding his groove again.

Curry ended the game with a near triple-double of 40 points, eight assists and six rebounds whilst shooting 13-of-20 from the field and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Steph is one of the most popular players in China and put on a real show for his adoring faithful in Far East Asia as part of the NBA's Global Games.

He enjoyed a number of highlight plays including a ridiculous falling teardrop over the outstretched arms of seven-footer Karl-Anthony Towns after leaving Taj Gibson in his wake with a jab step on the perimeter.

As TNT's Ernie Johnson loves to say, he was making it look "Stephortless" and he really was just toying with Minnesota for large parts of the game.

He showed off his full repertoire of skills in Shanghai as he poured in points from both long-range and inside the paint.

The four-time All-Star could've ended with more than 40 but didn't play in the fourth quarter.

The defending champions pulled away in the third quarter on a 14-3 run as the Splash Brothers launched a barrage of three-pointers and blew their opponents away.

Klay Thompson added 28 points to the win as he found his shooting stroke before the start of the new season and Kevin Durant notched 22 points.

The Warriors will wrap up their pre-season schedule against the Sacramento Kings in the Bay Area on Friday and begin their new campaign with a mouthwatering encounter against the Houston Rockets on October 18.

With Chris Paul now in their ranks, the Texas-based franchise is being tipped to become the biggest threat to Golden State so it'll be interesting to see if they can prove that early on.

Topics:
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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