Following their preseason opener win, a three-point shooting competition was held at the Saitama Super Arena. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry went up against Moses Moody and Jordan Poole. As expected, the Warriors duo cruised to an easy victory.
The NBA Japan Games 2022 features the Washington Wizards and the Golden State Warriors who are scheduled to play two preseason games in the country. The first one was played on September 30, the second one is scheduled for October 2. The games will be played at the Saitama Super Arena.
The Splash Brothers, as the duo of Thompson and Curry, is known, made easy work of the shootout with Curry starting off hot and doing his signature no-look jumper. Thompson then went on to clinch the victory with two racks to spare.
On Saturday night, the Warriors and the Wizards will meet up for a rematch before they return to the Bay Area.
The NBA Japan Games 2022 is presented by Nissan and Rakuten. This marks the first time that both teams have traveled to Japan.
The Warriors being there also has an added significance since Rui Hachimura is the first Japanese player to have been drafted into the NBA In the first round. The Wizards chose Hachimura during the 2019 NBA Draft.
The Warriors are just the 2nd reigning NBA Champion to play in the country. The first ones were the Toronto Raptors who played in the country back during the 2019 NBA Japan Games.
Since 2010, more than 20 NBA players have visited Japan to participate in fan events.