Curry shoots Warriors past Pistons
LAS VEGAS -- The Golden State Warriors (2-1) exploded in the second half to easily claim a 97-69 win over the Detroit Pistons (2-1) Monday night at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports in the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
"This young group has gotten better with every game," Warriors Summer League Head Coach, Keith Smart, said after the game. "This has been the best group I have been around in eight years of coaching summer league basketball. They lock into what you want to do, they all want to get better. They have made my job pretty easy."
Stephen Curry and Anthony Randolph led the Warriors to victory, as they contributed 23 and 21 points, respectively. Curry was 7-of-19 from the field to Randolph's 6-of-12. Randolph collected a double-double, by combining 10 rebounds with his offensive production.
In the first quarter, the teams exchanged the lead four times and had two ties before Golden State snapped a 16-16 stalemate at 1:27 remaining. The Warriors rattled off six of the final eight points to claim a 22-18 lead through 10 minutes of action. Curry picked up four of his seven first-quarter points in the last 55 seconds from the free-throw stripe.
The second quarter witnessed Golden State break out to a 12-point lead during the opening 5:56 following a trey by Curry. With the Warriors holding a 41-29 edge, the Pistons rallied back off a 7-0 run of their own in a 2:34 span to pull within five at 41-36. The half ended with Golden State up 43-39.
The Pistons stayed within four through the first two minutes of the third quarter, but quickly succumbed to the Warrior offense. Golden State pushed out to a seven-point cushion at 50-43 and never let up, as they wound up extending it to 16 before the end of the frame.
The Warriors kept the gas revving in the fourth quarter and scored at will. They outscored the Pistons 25-10 in the final frame and reached a 28-point differential on two occasions, one of which being the final score.
Austin Daye amassed a double-double for Detroit in a losing effort, as he notched 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jonas Jerebko led the team with 16, while Jeremy Pargo followed with 13.