Randolph (42 points) ties scoring mark
LAS VEGAS -- The Golden State Warriors (3-1) rode Anthony Randolph's hot hand to a 95-83 victory over the Chicago Bulls (0-1) on Tuesday evening from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas during day five of the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports. Randolph's 42-point effort was the best thus far in the 10-day event and tied the most points ever scored in the six-year history of the event.
Randolph finished the game 13-of-22 from the field with 16 points from the charity stripe. He is now in a select group of top guns in summer league history. Randolph joined Marcus Banks (July 9, 2007) and Von Wafer (July 15, 2007) in the record books, as they both achieved the 42-point feat in 2007.
The Warriors trailed for only 1:17 in the affair, which featured three lead changes. The Bulls struck out early going up 3-0. Golden State held serve and knotted the game three times in the first 1:32 before leading nearly the remainder of the game despite Chicago's best efforts.
Golden State wound up taking the first quarter by a 30-19 margin primarily by outscoring Chicago 21-12 over the final 8:01 of the period. Randolph helped his squad in the stanza by collecting 19 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and connecting on six free throws.
The 11-point lead jumped to 13 in the first 1:30 of the second quarter for the Warriors. They held a double-digit lead until Chicago's Anthony Roberson connected on a trey to pull his squad within seven at 38-31. With help from Roberson's three, the Bulls ended the quarter on a 19-8 run over the final 3:55 to end the half down a point at 46-45.
The Warriors pushed back ahead after the intermission reaching eight-point leads on two different occasions. The Bulls charged back for most of the quarter before taking a short-lived 63-62 lead for a mere 21 seconds. A layup by Randolph at the 3:24 mark put his team up for good.
The teams played close to an even final 10 minutes, as Golden State outscored Chicago by one point, 18-17.
Chicago had all five starters reach double-digits with James Johnson and James Augustine leading the squad with 21 apiece. Taj Gibson and DeMarcus Nelson both connected for 14, as Gibson added 12 boards for the game's only double-double. Roberson rounded out the quintet with 11 tallies.