LAS VEGAS – Steve Kerr's debut as coach, unofficial insofar as it comes via NBA Summer League, was a rousing success, as the Warriors gained a convincing win without losing anyone to severe injury.
A 70-58 win over the Hornets on Friday night at Thomas & Mack Center pushed the franchise's Summer League win streak to 15. The Warriors were undefeated in each of the last two seasons and now hold the longest win streak in Vegas Summer League history.
With point guard Nemanja Nedovic (team-high 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting) leading the way, the defending Summer League champions raced out to a 47-23 lead at the half. The Warriors needed the cushion.
"There was really good execution at both ends in the first half," Kerr said. "The defense was active, the offense was clicking because we moved the ball. The focus was really good. Our guys just competed and played well together.
"And then at halftime, it just sort of all went south.
"We scored 23 points in the second half, and had 11 turnovers and two assists. It was ugly. The second half was excruciating – but not surprising, given that this is Summer League and we just got together three days ago."
The Warriors return to action Saturday at 5, facing the Suns.