Bucks fall in summer league opener

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 82-53 in the Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas & Mack Center on Friday.

While the game was competitive throughout the first quarter, Cleveland (1-0) really laid it on Milwaukee (0-1) in the final three periods.

The Cavs really made their park in the second and fourth quarters, outscoring the Bucks 39-18. Defense was key for Cleveland, as it held Milwaukee to 30 percent from the field and just 15 percent from three-point range. The Cavaliers also won the rebounding battle by a 51-31 margin.

Gary Payton II was a lone bright spot for Milwaukee, as he tallied 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals.

Third-year guard Rashad Vaughn led the team in scoring, totaling 12 points and two assists.

Rookie D.J. Wilson was the only other Buck in double figures, amassing 11 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Former Badger Bronson Koenig had 2 points on 1-6 shooting, to go along with 2 rebounds.

It was an evenly distributed game for Cleveland, as it had nine players score at least six points. Edy Tavares led the way, accruing 12 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Gill started at power forward and provided six points and 11 rebounds. Former Florida standout Casey Prather, Brandon Paul, T.J. Williams and Sam Cassell Jr. all scored eight points apiece.

Milwaukee will look to bounce back on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, while the Cavaliers square off against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.