Barnes, Thompson catch fire in Vegas; Warriors destroy Lakers

Barnes, Thompson catch fire in Vegas; Warriors destroy Lakers
July 14, 2012, 3:58 am
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The Warriors dismantled the Lakers, 90-50, in both teams' Las Vegas Summer League opener Friday night.

Klay Thompson, who is slated to be the team's starting shooting guard next season, led all scoreres with 24 points. He was 9-for-13 from the field, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range, and contributed six rebounds and five assists in just 22 minutes and 35 seconds of game action.

Harrison Barnes, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and possibly the Warriors' starting small forward next season, had a tremendous debut in a Warriors uniform. He notched 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting, and was a perfect 4-for-4 from deep.

Barnes did his damage in just 25 minutes and 26 seconds on the court.

Both players started.

Festus Ezili, whom the Warriors selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, started at center and registered three points, five rebounds, and three steals in a little over 18 minutes.

Starting point guard Charles Jenkins scored four points and dished out four assists.

Jeremy Tyler started at power forward and scored six points, went 2-for-6 from the field, and collected just one rebound in 16 minutes of play.

Oddly, Tyler was part of a five-man line change who entered the game in "garbage time" with 5:40 remaining and the Warriors holding a 77-38 lead.

A wake-up call from the coaching staff perhaps?

Draymond Green, the 35th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, did a little bit of everything for the Warriors. He scored nine points, pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, had two assists, nailed a three-pointer, and his left-handed baby hook shot in the lane was a thing of beauty.

The Warriors are back in action on Saturday as they take on on the Denver Nuggets at 3:00 p.m.