The Golden State Warriors capped off their perfect 5-0 record at the 2012 NBA Summer League with an 80-72 win over the New Orleans Hornets (1-4) Saturday afternoon from UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The Warriors, who led from coast-to-coast and by as much as 15 points, had to hold off a late rally by the Hornets in the fourth quarter.
After watching Golden State stake itself to a 12-point lead to open the final 20 minutes of action, New Orleans slowly cut its deficit to eight to conclude the third quarter. The Hornets pulled within five, 49-43, with help from an 8-2 run in 1:08 of the frame.
The Warriors managed to extend their lead to eight to end the stanza, but the eight points were the largest margin of difference they would put between themselves and the Hornets until the end of regulation.
The Hornets shaved the lead down to one on three different occasions with the final occurrence coming at the 65-64 juncture with 4:53 left on the clock. Unfortunately, that was the closest they would get, as the Warriors quickly answered back with points of their own.
New Orleans' second-half rally was sparked by 32 points from three of its starters: Xavier Henry, Brian Roberts and Lance Thomas. Henry contributed 14 of his game-high 21, while Roberts had 10 to Thomas' eight.
Henry shot 7-for-13 for the game with one 3-pointer and an 8-of-11 day at the free throw line.
The game was filled with a plethora of scoring stretches that practically occurred one after the other by both teams. Golden State began it all in the first quarter with a 9-0 run in 3:25 that gave itself a 17-6 lead. New Orleans countered with a 10-2 spurt that carried over from the first quarter and into the second and cut the differential to three points.
The Warriors then used nearly half of the second quarter, 5:02 to be exact, to extend their lead to 15 off a 16-4 run. However, the 15-point lead was short lived, as the Hornets scored five straight in the final 35 seconds of the first half.
Golden State's offense was led by a 15-point effort from Charles Jenkins, who went 5-for-9 from the field and was perfect from the line with five makes. Harrison Barnes and Kent Bazemore both contributed 13 points with each making five 2-pointers and five free throws apiece.
|Fast Break Pts:||4||14|
|Points in the Paint:||40||24|
|Golden State Warriors (5-0)|
|M. Wayns||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|48.3%||22.2%||76.9%||team rebs: 9||total to: 14|
|New Orleans Hornets (1-4)|
|41.0%||40.0%||75.0%||team rebs: 4||total to: 13|