Miami -- In the final exhibition for both teams Friday night at American Airlines Arena, each had itsr own agenda. For New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams, he was hoping to see growth and keep his team healthy.
Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra was hoping to replicate what he hopes to see when the regular season starts for his team next Tuesday night.
What Spoelstra saw a lot of in the Hornets' 96-89 victory was New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis, who showed a national television audience periodic glimpses of his potential, the same skill set that Spoelstra had seen last year in a preseason visit to the Kentucky campus to watch a few practices.
On Friday night, Davis finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.
"Obviously I was really impressed," Spoelstra said of his first thoughts on Davis. "He's very, very, very skilled. I noticed that right away. The way they play at Kentucky, they play with that speed getting up and down the court everybody can handle.
"The first two or three drills I saw were full court, and he was bringing the ball up as if he were a guard. I had heard his name. I hadn't seen him play. When somebody said, 'Anthony Davis' I had to turn to one of the scouts and say, 'That's him?'