Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was not happy with his team’s conditioning level after the first set of a double-header against the Minnesota Timberwolves, taking a 111-97 loss after building a strong lead in the second quarter.
The exhibition contest was part of the NBA’s Global Games that will also feature a matchup between Warriors and Timberwolves on Sunday in in Shanghai. The Timberwolves out-scored Golden State 32-14 in the final frame.
Known as the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson received warm welcome stepping onto the court before they rewarded the audiences with consecutive three-pointers in the first quarter.
Draymond Green contributed five points, six boards and eight assists while new addition Omri Casspi had six points on 3-of-5 shooting in his Warriors debut.
Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 16 points apiece, while Andrew Wiggins (14), Taj Gibson (13), Nemanja Bjelica (11), Shabazz Muhammad (10) and Tyus Jones (10) all provided additional scoring punch. “As I mentioned earlier we were exhausted, kind of late in the second quarter, you can tell that the execution got worst because of the fatigue”.
Kevin Durant had a game-high 20 points, and Steph Curry chipped in 14 markers.
“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”.