Malachi Richardson plays last game in California Classic; on to Las Vegas


Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, right, drives against Golden State Warriors guard Malachi Richardson during the first half of an NBA basketball summer league game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The Heat won 73-65. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP

Syracuse, N.Y. — Malachi Richardson and his Golden State Warriors lost their final game in the NBA Summer League California Classic, played these past few days in Sacramento.

Richardson started the game, played 21 minutes, recorded a point, an assist and a rebound. The Warriors lost to the Miami Heat 73-65. Richardson did not play poorly; he just couldn’t get a shot to fall. He was 0-for-4 from the floor on an afternoon when nobody on his team shot the ball well. The Warriors shot 36.9 percent.

The game was played on NBA TV, where announcers told viewers that Jimmer Fredette, who had been playing for the Warriors, had left the team. No reason was provided.

Richardson and Golden State now move into the meat of the NBA Summer League schedule. Teams meet Friday in Las Vegas, where 10 games will be played on opening day there.

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