The Cavaliers summer league squad had no answers for the play of James Michael McAdoo or Ognjen Kuzmic as the World Champion Golden State Warriors knocked off Cleveland 83-75 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday night.
McAdoo had 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds and three assists while Kuzmic totaled 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor. He added eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Aaron Craft chipped in with nine points on 2-for-2 shooting from 3-point land with a game-high seven assists and three rebounds.
The Cavaliers really struggled to shoot the ball in the loss. The hit on just 25-of-63 shots from the floor (39.7 percent), including just 6-for-22 from beyond the arc (27.3 percent). The two Cleveland players who struggled the most were Joe Harris and Rakeem Christmas. Harris had six points on 2-for-10 shooting from the field, including 0-for-4 from three while Christmas had six points on just 1-for-9 shooting. Keifer Sykes struggled with his shot as well even though he reached double figures. He finished with 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting with four rebounds and two assists.
Jerrelle Benimon was a bright spot with eight points on 4-for-4 shooting with 10 rebounds, but did have five turnovers. John Shurna also had some nice moments with nine points, six rebounds and three assists while D.J. White chipped in with eight points, three rebounds and a block off the bench.
Even though he didn’t get into the game until late in the third quarter, Tyler Haws made a big impact for the Cavaliers and was the talk of Reggie Miller for much of the fourth quarter. He finished with a team-leading 12 points on 3-for-4 shooting from the field and showed that he had NBA 3-point range by making all three of his attempts from beyond the arc. He added an assist and a steal in 11:20.
His first points came on two free-throws after he got to the rim and drew contact on the fast break. He followed that up with a pair of 3-point shots in the fourth quarter as he tried to help Cleveland close the gap. His next bucket came on his third 3-pointer of the evening to close the Warriors’ lead to six in the final minute. The only shot he missed on the night came on a fast break dunk attempt that rimmed out.
He also made some plays on the defensive end of the floor. He drew a charge after some good footwork and added a steal after he stepped in from the weak-side to help on the block.
Up next for Haws and the Cavaliers is a Saturday night matchup with the Brooklyn Nets.