The Cleveland Cavaliers closed the summer league on a positive note with a 78-73 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
John Shurna and Keifer Sykes carried the load as the Cavaliers bench helped to overcome a brutal shooting performance from the starting back court for the second win on the summer. Shurna finished with 14 points on the strength of a 4-for-9 shooting performance from 3-point range to go along with six rebounds and two steals while Sykes had 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field.
Joe Harris and Quinn Cook struggled most of the game for Cleveland. Harris finished with five points on 2-for-11 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-6 from distance with five turnovers while Cook managed six points 1-for-7 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.
D.J. White and Rakeem Christmas reached double figures for Cleveland. White totaled 10 points on a perfect shooting night of 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line as well as four boards and a block while Christmas chipped in with 10 points, two rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
Lorenzo Brown and Adreian Payne did most of the damage for the Timberwolves in the loss. Brown had 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the floor with three steals, two assists and two rebounds while Payne registered 14 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Tyus Jones also had some nice moments in the defeat. He had 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor to go along with a game-high four assists.
Minnesota’s first overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t have as much success. He had nine points on 2-for-8 shooting from the floor and 5-for-9 from the free-throw line with four rebounds as well as two turnovers and seven fouls.
Tyler Haws got his least amount of minutes in a game with the Cavaliers in the win on Friday night. He played 7:05 and went scoreless while attempting just one shot. He did grab one rebound and was a +2 during his time on the floor.
For the summer league, Haws played five games and averaged six points on 58.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 85.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free-throw line to go along with a rebound in 12 minutes. He also totaled two assists and two steals and three turnovers over the five-game stretch.