Warriors’ Randolph Has 30 in Summer League Opener
Posted Jul 12 2008 1:00AM
LAS VEGAS, July 11 – Anthony Randolph erupted for 30 points Friday as the Golden State Warriors opened the 2008 NBA Summer League Presented by EA SPORTS with a 96-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.
The game saw 11 lead changes and 11 ties. Randolph, the 14th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, outdueled Sixers second-year forward Thaddeus Young, who scored 27 points.
“I had a lot of fun,” Randolph said of his first game in a Warriors uniform. “My coaches told me to come out and be aggressive and let the game come to me and that’s what I did. This is a dream come true for me. I am having fun and I am enjoying myself.”
The Warriors held a 24-18 lead after one quarter and were up at by two at the half. The Sixers came out strong in the second half, opening a seven-point lead. Golden State reclaimed its two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Sixers kept the game close until midway through the fourth quarter, when the Warriors opened an 11-point lead and never looked back.
“I thought it was a typical summer league game,” said John Loyer, head coach of the Sixers. “I thought both teams competed for 40 minutes. We like some of the things our young guys did; we’re just looking to get better.”
The game marked the first of a nine-day, 53-game schedule for the summer league.
The 76ers will take on the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at 5 p.m. and the Warriors will take Saturday off and meet the Mavericks on Sunday.