Recap: Wizards 78, Pelicans 77



Posted Jul 19, 2013 9:15 PM

The Washington Wizards held on for a 78-77 win in their final NBA Summer League 2013 game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday afternoon at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. Both teams closed out their stay in Las Vegas with identical 2-3 overall records.

With one second remaining on the clock, Washington's Dennis Horner sank the second of two free throw attempts to separate the teams by a pair possessions -- 78-74 -- to, theoretically, seal the win. However, New Orleans' Brian Roberts drilled a 57-footer as time expired to pull his squad within one as the buzzer sounded.

The Wizards were led offensively by a trio of players that notched double figures in points. Sundiata Gaines paced Washington with 15 scores off a 5-for-8 showing from the field and five successful trips to the charity stripe. Glen Rice Jr. followed closely behind with his 14-point effort, while teammate Chris Singleton chipped in 11.

New Orleans opened up the contest with the hot hand and built up a six-point lead at the 10-4 mark only to see Washington's offense awake and rattle off an 11-2 run in 5:06 to turn the game in its favor. The Wizards flipped the deficit into a three-point edge. They held onto the lead up until Roberts sank a 3-pointer before the initial 10 minutes expired.

The lead changed hands twice in the second period, but the Pelicans managed to carry a five-point cushion -- 43-38 -- into halftime.

The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair that saw Washington register two big runs to one by New Orleans. The Wizards began the stanza scoring 12 straight that pushed them into the lead -- 50-43 -- only 3:22 out of the break. The Pelicans quickly countered with an 8-0 outburst that handed them a one-point edge -- 51-50 -- before the Wizards capped off the period with a 7-2 showing and pushed themselves into the lead, 57-53.

Washington never looked back following that run en route to building three different eight-point advantages the remainder of the quarter.

The Pelicans' Austin Rivers tallied a game-high 23 points off a 9-for-13 day from the field. Rivers was joined in double digits by Darius Miller (15 points) and Roberts (13).