Nelson reaches 1,200 wins
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Warriors coach Don Nelson was finally able to
celebrate win number 1,200 as Golden State breezed by the New Orleans/Oklahoma
City Hornets, 101-80.
Nelson is only the second coach in NBA history to crack the 1,200-win barrier,
where he joins Lenny Wilkens, who sits atop the all-time coaching wins
list with 1,332.
“It just means that I have been around for awhile,” said Nelson. “It was just
good to get it out of the way.”
The Warriors had lost four straight with Nelson stuck at 1,199, but pulled
away in the second half to give their coach number 1,200.
Mickael Pietrus led Golden State with 22 points. Andris Biedrins scored 17 and
grabbed 13 rebounds, and Baron Davis scored 16, pulled down 10 boards, and
finished one assist short of a triple-double with nine for the Warriors. Monta
Ellis scored 16 as well, and Mike Dunleavy added 12 points off of the bench.
Desmond Mason led the Hornets with 24 points, but he only scored two in the
second half. Jannero Pargo scored 15 points and raked in 12 rebounds on the
night. Rasual Butler scored 13 and Chris Paul added 11 points for the
Hornets, who have lost seven of eight.
Golden State opened the second half on a 13-5 lead to take control of the
game and a Pietrus three put the Warriors up 58-50 with 7:36 left in the
quarter. The Warriors led 73-62 going into the fourth quarter.
The Hornets trailed by double-digits for the entire fourth quarter, only
managing 18 points in the final 12 minutes to lose by 21.
“We just can’t make shots,” said Hornets coach Byron Scott. “Guys are getting
wide open shots and missing.”
A Mason alley-oop dunk put the Hornets up 17-11 late in the first quarter,
and, after a Pietrus dunk for the Warriors, Pargo converted a three-point play
with 49 seconds left that extended their lead to 21-13. Ellis quickly answered
with a layup, though, and Davis drilled a three at the buzzer to send the
Warriors into the second quarter only down three, 21-18.
Mason heated up in the second quarter, hitting for 17 points to give him 22 in
the first half. Mason hit a short-range bank shot that put the Hornets up
42-33 with five minutes left in the half, but the Warriors closed the half on
a 12-3 run to tie the game up. Ellis hit back-to-back dunks in the final
minute, and the game was knotted at 45-45 at halftime.
The Hornets only made 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from behind the three-point
line…Golden State outrebounded the Hornets, 42-38…The Hornets had won
three of the last four in this series coming in the game.