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Kuminga outplays No. 4 pick Barnes in Warriors' SL win

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With Jonathan Kuminga scoring a game-high 18 points to lead five Warriors in double figures, Golden State posted its first Summer League victory Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Moses Moody finished with 14 points, Justinian Jessup and Gary Payton II each had 13 and Kyle Guy added 11 as the Warriors came away with a 90-84 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Of note: Payton started at point guard and once again had some impressive moments in his attempt to secure a roster spot. In addition to his scoring, he submitted six assists and five rebounds, while finishing a team-best plus-22 over 26 minutes.

Here are three observations from the events in Las Vegas:

The Kuminga File

The Good: He was better than No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes, though the two did not spend a lot of time going head-to-head. Kuminga had a particularly nice playmaking moment, driving into the paint and dishing off for a bucket. Most notable was that he drained three shots from beyond the arc.

The Bad: He missed a tip dunk, missed a driving dunk and generally shot poorly. There were more of the kind of reckless moments that might be commonplace for a while, until he’s able to display more discipline. Poor rebounding resurfaced.

The Stats: 18 points (5-of-17 from the field, 3-of-6 from distance, 5-of-8 from the line), four rebounds, two steals, one assist, one block and six turnovers. He was minus-1 over 28 minutes.

The Moody File

The Good: After a relatively quiet first half, Moody brought some energy in the second half and it pushed the Warriors toward victory. He made a couple nice defensive plays, including one with second and third effort, and recorded a couple steals.

 

The Bad: He shot 25 percent from the field and finished 1-of-8 inside the arc. He had some difficulty finishing in traffic, but maintained his composure and never seemed frustrated. He did not record an assist.

The Stats: 12 points (4-of-15, 3-of-7 from distance, 3-of-4 from the line), two rebounds, one steal and one block. He was plus-1 over 23 minutes.

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The Jessup File

The Good: He started at small forward and found the sweet stroke that initially attracted the Warriors. After shooting 30 percent overall and 20 percent from deep in the first three games, Jessup reacquainted himself with the bottom of the net. Seeing a couple shots drop early seemed to affect his entire demeanor. Gone was the timid youngster so visible in previous games, replaced by one with a more confident bearing.

The Bad: Not much here, aside from the defensive deficiencies that show no signs of abating.

The Stats: 13 points (5-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 beyond the arc), three rebounds, two steals and one assist. He was plus-15 over 26 minutes.

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