Curry goes off as Warriors win
LAS VEGAS -- Stephen Curry scored 27 points in the second half and led the Golden State Warriors to an overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings, 98-95, in the third game of the day at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 12 points in the contest, but the team was lifted by the impressive second half play of rookie guard Curry and teammates Cartier Martin, who scored 27 and Anthony Randolph who finished with 24 in the come-from-behind overtime win.
"I played pretty well, I think," Curry said of his game. "I got a lot more aggressive in this game and we fought back and got the win, so I'm happy about how we're playing right now."
Golden State trailed by four, 70-66, entering the game's final period, but took the lead, 89-87 with 2:22 to play on a Curry layup. Moments later, Curry gave his team a four point lead, 91-87, when he scored again. But, the Kings wouldn't go quietly, tying the game at 92 with 8.3 seconds to go on a Tyreke Evans layup, sending the game to overtime.
In the two-minute overtime period, he Kings made a game of it, taking a three-point lead, 95-92 with 1:03 to play when Marcus Landry buried a long three-pointer from the corner. Curry's hot hand opened the door for Golden State's win, though, as he scored six of his 29 points in the extra period including four in the last 11 seconds, a layup and a pair of free-throws to solidify the three-point victory.
The game was close through the first period, with the teams knotting in two ties, and the lead changing hands eight times. Neither squad leading by more than five points. Randolph led all scorers with eight points on four-of-five shooting from the floor, adding six rebounds in the first. At the end of one, the Kings edged the Warriors, 24-21.
Sacramento built on their first quarter lead, which stretched to as many as 12 points. The Kings' Evans scored two quick buckets with just under four minutes to play in the half to extend his team's lead from five, 36-31 to nine, 40-31 and Sacramento never looked back. Evans finished with seven points in the quarter while teammate Jason Thompson scored nine of his 12 first-half points in the second.
Golden State fought back in the third quarter, outscoring the Kings 27-21 and regaining the lead for the first time since the first minutes of the first quarter, 60-59 on a Curry layup with 2:51 remaining in the third period. From there, the teams traded baskets, with the Kings regaining the lead at 62-60 and finishing the quarter up 70-66. Curry scored 12 in the third, connecting on four-of-six from the field, while Randolph added eight and Martin chipped in seven. At the end of three, the Kings held on to a four point lead, 70-66.
Evans led all Sacramento scorers with 25 points, while Thompson chipped in with 17 points and Landry added 14 in the loss.
With the win, Golden State improves to 1-1 in Summer League play, while the Kings drop to 0-2.