Williams, Warriors hold on at buzzer
LAS VEGAS -- The Golden State Warriors (1-0) knocked off the New Orleans Hornets (0-1), 77-76, in the final game of the first day at the 2010 NBA Summer League at UNLV's Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Although the game started off slowly the final 7:39 was all the fans needed to see, as the teams combined for seven lead changes and two ties down the stretch. New Orleans had an opportunity to claim the game, following a shot clock violation by Golden State, but Drew Collison's jumper at the buzzer did not connect.
The final 1:39 witnessed four lead changes with Golden State claiming the final lead of the game with 38.1 seconds left in the affair. Brandon Wright connected on two successful free throw attempts.
The Warriors fourth quarter rally was sparked by seven points from Reggie Williams, who contributed seven of his team-high 22 points. Williams added six rebounds and two assists to his stat line, as well.
"This is a different kind of summer league for me, because I'm under contract (with Golden State)," noted Williams. "It takes a lot of pressure off and I can come in and play in a close game like this having played in some during the regular season. It's definitely a lot easier to come in and play my game."
Early on New Orleans fell behind by seven early, but outscored Golden State by a 38-24 margin for a seven-point edge heading into the half. Trailing by seven with 3:06 remaining in the first quarter, the Hornets flipped the script and rattled off 11 of the game's next 17 points to pull within two heading to the second. Sean Sonderleiter pulled the game even at 20-20 just 24 seconds into the second stanza with a jumper. New Orleans then kept the pedal down and slowly built its lead up to 11 on three different occasions before the end of the half.
After falling behind 45-34 with 45 seconds remaining in the half, Golden State scored three unanswered to head into the break down only by seven. The Warriors kept their hot shooting going after the break, as they pulled within one, 45-44, 3:04 into the third. Their run from the first half carried over into the third and grew to 10-0 over a 2:35 time frame. The Hornets then went on an 8-1 run of their own in 2:20 to stake themselves to a 53-45 lead with 5:15 remaining in the period. The quarter came to a close with New Orleans ahead by three, 59-56.
Joining Williams in double-digit points for Golden State were Brandan Wright (18), Ben Woodside (11) and Kim Tillie (10).
New Orleans got a game-high 23 points from Marcus Thornton, who chipped in seven boards, as well. Quincy Pondexter was the only other Hornet player to hit double-digit points with 14 tallies of his own. Kyle Hines came one point shy of achieving a double-double with his nine point, 12 rebound effort.
Golden State is back in action on Saturday, July 10 with a 5:00 pm tussle with the Detroit Pistons, while New Orleans will have a day off and won't return to the Cox Pavilion until Sunday night at 7:00 pm.