The Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 77-71 in the Las Vegas Summer League opener for both teams Friday at Thomas and Mack Center.
In a back-and-forth affair that saw 13 lead changes, 13 ties and each team win two quarters, the Clippers pulled to within one on two Sindarius Thornwell free throws with 52 seconds remaining. That's as close as Los Angeles would get, however, as the Warriors scored the next five points, the dagger coming on a Josh Magette 3-pointer with 10 seconds left.
Both teams shot less than 35 percent from the field, but Golden State hit 35.7 percent from 3-point range compared to the Clippers' 26.9 percent. Los Angeles kept it close with a plus-12 rebounding margin.
Kendrick Nunn, who went undrafted out of Oakland this year, led the Warriors with 18 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Jordan Bell had another stat-sheet-stuffing effort, posting six points, 11 boards, five assists, three blocks and two steals.
Thornwell scored a team-high 18 points for the Clippers, adding seven rebounds. First-round draft picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Grant Jerrett and Reggie Upshaw each had 10 rebounds.