Barnes, Thompson catch fire in Vegas; Warriors destroy Lakers


Barnes, Thompson catch fire in Vegas; Warriors destroy Lakers

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.

Draymond to Curry to Durant earns Assist of the Year

Draymond to Curry to Durant earns Assist of the Year

The Draymond Green to Steph Curry to Kevin Durant lob resulted in "Assist of the Year" at the first-ever NBA Awards show on Monday night.

With 9:25 remaining in the third quarter against the Pacers on Dec. 5, Zaza Pachulia won a jump ball (against Paul George) in the backcourt.

Draymond threw a fullcourt football pass to Curry, who tracked the ball like a wide receiver on a go-route.

As he caught the ball inside the free throw line, he flipped it behind his head to a charging Durant, who guided the ball towards the rim with his left hand before flushing it with both hands.

Oracle Arena went nuts as the Warriors took an 88-56 lead.

In that same game, Klay Thompson racked up 60 points in 29 minutes.

Golden State beat Indiana 120-83 to improve to 12-2.

The Warriors recorded 45 assists, the second highest output of the season (47 against the Lakers on Nov. 23).

Nikola Jokic and Chris Paul were also nominated for the award, which was voted on by the fans.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Iguodala does not capture Sixth Man of the Year award

Iguodala does not capture Sixth Man of the Year award

Andre Iguodala spent much of the season doing whatever he could to fight off any momentum that might result in him being named Sixth Man of the Year in the NBA.

The Warriors forward need not have worried, as the award once again went to a scorer.

Rockets guard Eric Gordon won the balloting, beating out Houston teammate Lou Williams and Iguodala.

Iguodala averaged only 7.6 points per game, but shot a career-high 52.8 percent from the field and is widely considered the league’s No. 1 defender off the bench.