Timberwolves pull away late to take down Warriors in opener of NBA Global Games in China
Jimmy Butler had 16 points for the Timberwolves. AP

THE Minnesota Timberwolves reserves sparked a late charge to defeat the Golden State Warriors, 111-97, on Thursday in the first of two preseason meetings between the two teams for the NBA Global Games in China.

The Timberwolves trailed the reigning champs early before taking advantage of the Warriors resting their stars late to go on a 32-14 finish in Shenzhen’s Universiade Center.

Karl-Anthony Towns and new recruit Jimmy Butler led Minnesota with 16 points apiece. Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson added 14 and 13 markers, respectively. While three Timberwolves reserves in Tyus Jones, Shabazz Muhammad, and Nemanja Bjelica also ended up in double-figures.

Kevin Durant had a game-high 20 points, and Steph Curry chipped in 14 markers. Klay Thompson also scored 13 for the Warriors.

The two teams meet again on October 8 in Shanghai.

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