The Golden State Warriors (4-0) put together a complete game on both ends of the ball and defeated the Chicago Bulls (0-3) by a score of 66-57. Harrison Barnes had another strong outing finishing with a game-high 20 points and shot 7-of-16 from the field. Kent Bazemore added 11 points, eight rebounds and a game-high seven blocks to lock down the victory for Golden State.
The Warriors had put on an impressive showing coming into this game, winners of their first three contests here in Las Vegas. The Bulls came in losers of their first two NBA Summer League games and were looking to get things going versus the Warriors.
The Warriors jumped out to an early lead thanks to their play on the defensive end of the court. Bazemore, a rookie swingman from Old Dominion showed why he was the 2011 winner of the Lefty Driesell Award, given to the best defensive player in the country; as he went on to register six blocked shots and one steal in the first half.
Barnes, known mostly for his shooting abilities also stepped up and recorded two steals early on. The Warriors' defensive effort limited the Bulls to 25 percent shooting as they went 19-for-75 from the floor in the game. The swarming defense early on helped give the Warriors a 37-32 advantage going into the half.
Golden State began to pull away in the second half with an offensive spurt led by Barnes, who scored eight points in the third quarter. Charles Jenkins added eight points of his own in the second half and finished with 11 points.
For Chicago, Malcolm Thomas, who appeared in three games with the San Antonio Spurs last season recorded a double-double pulling down 16 rebounds to go along with his 12 points. Marquis Teague, the 29th overall selection in this year's NBA Draft had 12 points and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points.
The Warriors will wrap up their NBA Summer League schedule tomorrow when they take on the New Orleans Hornets, 3:30 at Thomas and Mack. This was the first of a three day, three game stretch for the Bulls who return to the hardwood tomorrow at 5:30 against the Los Angeles Clippers at Thomas and Mack.
|Fast Break Pts:||3||7|
|Points in the Paint:||18||12|
|Chicago Bulls (0-3)|
|J. Johnson||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|25.3%||9.1%||81.8%||team rebs: 13||total to: 17|
|Golden State Warriors (4-0)|
|J. Hurtt||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|W. McKines||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|R. Sanders||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|A. Smith||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|D. Tucker||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|M. Wayns||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|K. Weems||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|C. Wright||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|A. Young||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|33.3%||25.0%||91.3%||team rebs: 8||total to: 15|