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szdaily -> Shenzhen
NBA teams in town
    2017-October-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Chen Xiaochun

654789759@qq.com

THE Minnesota Timberwolves beat the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors 111-97 on Thursday at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, the first stop of NBA China Games 2017 before heading to Shanghai.

The Warriors’ 15-4 lead motivated Karl-Anthony Towns to score eight points in the first quarter but the Timberwolves were still down 20-32. However, the game turned around in the second quarter, as the Timberwolves outscored the Warriors 30-23 to cut the deficit to 50-55 before the interval.

The defending champion continued to suffer as Stephen Curry got his fourth and fifth foul within one minute with more than eight minutes left in the third quarter. Moreover, leader of the Warriors’ bench Nick Young fell down with his waist hitting the ground, forcing him to the locker room during the game. Gibson’s three pointer helped the Timberwolves tie the game 79-79 before they became unstoppable, storming 32-14 in the fourth quarter to enjoy a 111-97 victory.

Although they failed to win the game, the Warriors did enjoy a rapturous reception from basketball fans throughout the whole game.

After committing five personal fouls in 24 minutes, Curry commented that it was amazing to see that a lot of the fans arrived at the gymnasium two hours before the game started.

“I was back in the locker room and when KD (Kevin Durant) was shooting and he dunked it, it was like it was a game winner. You can hear it all the way back in the locker room. So it was pretty cool,” said Curry, adding that it was a really cool experience. “We were in front of a great crowd. Everytime we come to China, we get a different experience.”

“The atmosphere was great, the energy was good, the fans were really into it, we know we have a lot of fans here, we didn’t give them enough to cheer about in the second half but all of these were really fun,” said Steve Kerr, head coach of the Warriors.

Kerr told the media that he thought the team played well for a quarter and half, and they should have been up by 15 points at the half instead of five. “We got lazy. And then the second half was very poor,” Kerr said.

“Shenzhen is absolutely amazing. You are great to us, accepting us, opening up your doors to us. The hospitality has been nothing but extravagant. I am very glad and honored to be able to be here in Shenzhen to play the game,” Towns told reporters after the game.

On Wednesday, the two teams had an open practice at Shenzhen Gymnasium, and players from the Timberwolves participated in the NBA Cares Legacy Project, teaching basketball basics to 100 students from Huaying Migrant School. The project features two newly refurbished outdoor basketball courts and a new student reading and learning center for the school.

 

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