Wall shines in debut
The Washington Wizards defeated the Golden State Warriors 84-79 Sunday evening in Summer League action behind the efforts of John Wall and JaVale McGhee. The duo combined for 45 points, while Golden State's Reggie Williams racked up 34 in a losing effort.
The game was tightly contested from start to finish except for a span of 5:35 in the third quarter that witnessed the Wizards reeling off a 12-0 run. With the game knotted at 44, Washington held Golden State scoreless from the 6:53 to 2:02 mark and without a field goal for 6:12. In all, the contest featured seven lead changes and 11 ties.
The Warriors tried fighting their way back into the game outscoring the Wizards by a 35-to-28 margin the remainder of the game. They pulled within two with 18.6 seconds remaining in the affair, but eventually fell by five.
"It was good," said Wall after posting 24 points and eight assists in his pro debut. "I hadn't played a game since Kentucky -- all I've been doing is working out -- so there was a lot of excitement in me. I was trying to go to fast and I was losing the ball, but when the time came, I slowed down and listened to Sam (Cassell) and my coaching staff and they told me the right things to do."
McGhee, the recipient of Wall's helpers, followed closely behind with 21 points, while notching a double-double by adding in 13 rebounds.
The teams went back and forth from the get-go with Golden State claiming as much as a four-point lead on two different occasions, but they could never muster enough offense to pull away from Washington.
Williams was one of three Warriors to amass double-digits in the game. He matched Wall's success rate from the free throw line with 10 conversions, of his own in 11 attempts. Kasib Powell and Kim Tillie joined Williams in the exclusive club, as they scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.