It can be the NBA Finals or the NBA Summer League. The Golden State Warriors appear to have the Cleveland Cavaliers' number. The reigning world champs seem ready to make a run at a second summer league title and the Warriors started off well Friday, defeating the Cavs 83-75 at the Thomas & Mack Center to close out the opening day of the 2015 NBA Summer League.
With James Michael McAdoo and Ognjen Kuzmic leading the way, the Warriors built a 42-33 halftime lead. The Cavaliers were their own worst enemy, committing 17 first-half fouls and making just 1 of 7 from 3-point range.
The Cavs got as close as 71-67 with 3:57 remaining. But the Warriors were able to extend it as Aaron Craft beat the shot clock on the next possession and nail a 3-point field goal from the top of the key.
McAdoo finished with 20 points and Kuzmic had 14 as the Warriors are looking to recapture the summer league title they won in 2013.
The Cavaliers (0-1) committed 39 personal fouls in a 40-minute game, a huge number. Tyler Haws had 12 points off the bench to lead Cleveland. Keifer Sykes added 11 for the Cavs, who were out rebounded 36-34 and committed 16 turnovers.
Golden State didn't get a whole lot from its bench but it didn't need the help as McAdoo and the other starters took care of things,. Both starting guards Aaron Craft and Michael Frazier had nine points each. Dominique Sutton had nine points off the bench for the Warriors, who won the summer league title in 2013.
First-round pick Kevon Looney, who the Warriors took with the final selection of the first round in last month's NBA Draft, played 15 minutes and finished with five points on 2-of-6 shooting and going 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Looney, who played one year at UCLA before turning pro, did grab six rebounds and had one steal and one turnover.
Cleveland shot just 39 percent from the floor and was only 6 of 22 from long distance. The Cavs' starters managed just 29 points total though Jerrelle Benison had 10 rebounds to lead both teams in that category.
The Cavaliers are back on the court Saturday as they face Brooklyn in Cox Pavilion at 7 p.m. (PST). Golden State is off Saturday and plays Atlanta at 5:30 p.m. (PST) Sunday in the Thomas & Mack.