Wright, Hornets dunk Wolves
LAS VEGAS -- Julian Wright's slam dunk with 6.8 seconds remaining in the game, secured a 100-96 victory for the New Orleans Hornets over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Wright finished the game with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Tied at 77 going into the fourth, the Hornets outscored the Timberwolves by four points, 23-19, on their way to the six-point victory. Anthony Tolliver scored eight of his team-high 20 points in the fourth for New Orleans, while Wright and Jaycee Carroll each scored six in the period. Flynn scored a game-high 24 points and Wayne Ellington scored six of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota.
The first quarter featured the battle of the point guards drafted in the first round as New Orleans' Darren Collison scored 14 points, shooting three-of-five from the field and sinking all seven of his team's first quarter free throws, and Minnesota's Jonny Flynn scored 12 on four-of-four from the field. The teams were evenly matched in the first, but Flynn's Timberwolves ended the quarter on top as he sunk a long-range three-pointer as the clock wound down in the first to give Minnesota a 28-22 lead heading into the second quarter.
"I have been trying to be really aggressive all Summer League," said Collison. "At my size, you don't see a lot of guys being able to get to the hole too much, but I just try to make it happen."
The Hornets captured the lead, 29-28, with just over seven minutes to play in the second quarter, but Minnesota scored a quick bucket and never trailed again through the end of the half, eventually going into the break up 50-43. With just over a minute to play, Collison was fouled going in for a layup and limped back to the training room, not to return in the game. In the half, he scored 18 points on five-of-eight shooting from the field. Flynn stayed perfect from the field in the second frame, ending the half shooting six-of-six from the field, including three-of-three from behind the arc.
New Orleans led by as many as six points in the third quarter, 66-60 with 4:33 to play, and outscored the Timberwolves 34-27 in the quarter on the back of Tolliver and Carroll who scored 10 and eight points in the period, respectively. Minnesota fought back, though, as Flynn scored seven points in the quarter and Devin Green netted six to tie the game at 77 at the end of three.