Early Thursday morning, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors played a game in China. The two teams met in Shenzhen as part of an NBA preseason game with Jimmy Butler and the Wolves picking up their second exhibition win. Butler and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns led the way for Minnesota in the latest victory. Here's the latest Timberwolves vs. Warriors game recap with top performers, stats, and what's next for these two NBA teams.

NBA game recap

The reigning NBA Champion Golden State Warriors opened the first quarter with a 32-20 pace, but Minnesota closed the gap to just five points by halftime.

In the third, the Timberwolves outscored the Warriors 29-28 and then finished with a furious 32-14 pace to close out the game and grab the win.

Leading the way for the Minnesota Timberwolves was Jimmy Butler with 16 points. He shot 4-for-6 overall and also grabbed five rebounds, while dishing out four assists. Karl-Anthony Towns also had 16 points and eight rebounds in the win, while Andrew Wiggins provided 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Gorgui Dieng came off the bench and scored just nine points but had 10 boards. Taj Gibson also helped out, scoring 13 points and getting seven rebounds.

For the losing side, the Golden State Warriors received a 20-point performance from NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

Stephen Curry had 14 points and six rebounds to go with four assists, while Klay Thomspon finished with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Draymond Green had eight assists, six rebounds, and five points in the loss.

The Timberwolves hit their shots at a rate of 42 percent overall and 46.2 percent from downtown. Golden State connected on 46.3 percent of their shots taken but just 32.3 percent of their threes.

The Wolves also outrebounded the Warriors 47-44 in the game in front of the fans in China.

What's up next?

With the latest NBA preseason win, the Minnesota Timberwolves are now 2-0 in their exhibition games. The team continues to show that they can be a contender in the Western Conference this coming season behind their trio of stars: Butler, Wiggins, and Towns.

Next up on the preseason slate for Minnesota is another game against Golden State over in Shanghai, China. That game will be on NBATV this coming Sunday at 7 a.m. Eastern Time.

The Golden State Warriors are now just 0-2 for their NBA preseason after this loss and their opening loss to the Denver Nuggets. It's probably not tremendous cause for concern just yet, even if these two losses came from Western Conference foes who could contend this year for a playoff spot. Next up on Golden State's schedule is the second matchup with the Timberwolves on Sunday with game time scheduled for 7 a.m. Eastern Time in Shanghai.