Hornets Drop Summer Debut
By Shane Skeary, hornets.com
Mickey McConnell led Charlotte with 19 points and Josh Davis had a double-double (14 points, 16 rebounds), but it wasn’t enough as the Hornets fell, 70-58, to the Golden State Warriors in their Samsung NBA Summer League opener on July 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The Warriors led wire-to-wire and managed to get out of the gate strong, opening on an 11-0 run and led by as many as 26 on their way to a convincing 47-23 halftime advantage. Charlotte was able to mend some of their offensive woes in the second half, but the Warriors never saw their lead dip below double digits as they earned the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte had trouble getting anything going offensively as they shot a dismal 28.2 percent from the field and 10.7 percent from three-point range. Golden State was able to cash in on their scoring opportunities, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from three… The Warriors were able to move the ball more efficiently than the Hornets with 10 assists to just four for the Hornets… Golden State was also able to control the glass, outrebounding Charlotte, 37-34… The Hornets did have the advantage at the charity stripe, connecting on 15-of-19 attempts (78.9 percent), while the Warriors converted 15-of-25 attempts (60.0 percent)... Charlotte was able to win the turnover battle forcing 19 Golden State turnovers, while committing just 14.
HORNETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Josh Davis had a strong second-half and was everywhere on the floor for the Hornets. He finished with a double-double scoring 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and hauled down 16 rebounds.
WARRIORS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Nemanja Nedovic impressed offensively as he led Golden State in scoring with 17 points, while collecting five rebounds for the Warriors in the victory.
The Hornets fall to 0-1 in Summer League action, and will play a minimum of five games in Las Vegas… Charlotte draftees Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston struggled in their Summer League debuts. Hairston registered just seven points on 2-of-16 shooting, while Vonleh was held scoreless (0-of-13), but managed to collect six rebounds and three blocks…The Hornets missed the presence of Cody Zeller who will miss the first two Summer League games due to attendance of his brother’s wedding.
The Hornets will look to bounce back as they take on the Sacramento Kings at 6 p.m. EST on July 13 at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.