On Sunday in Shanghai, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry put on a show for Chinese fans, dropping 40 points in just three quarters during a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Scoring on nifty drives to the rim, lightening-quick rainbow jumpers and one absolutely absurd pull-up in transition, Curry heard chants of “MVP” as he stepped to the line at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.
As a side note, the Warriors ended up winning the game, 142-110, avenging a loss to the Timberwolves last week in Shenzhen. The two exhibition matches were part of the NBA’s annual China games.
Going by jersey sales, Curry is now the most popular active player in China, though he has yet to replace a Kobe Bryant in the hearts of Chinese fans. With two championships in the last three years, the Warriors are establishing themselves as China’s favorite team.
While in China, players from both teams saw the sights:
Took some pictures:
And interacted with fans:
Perhaps no one was more happy to be in the Middle Kingdom than Klay Thompson who has found a second home in China following a rollicking trip to the country he took this summer to promote Chinese footwear brand Anta.
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