Warriors 106, Cavaliers 96
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Larry Hughes scored 24 points and Mookie Blaylock made three quick steals during a third-quarter run as the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-96 Friday night at Staples Center.
The Cavaliers closed to 100-93 with three minutes remaining, before Hughes sealed the victory with a 16-foot baseline jumper and two free throws in the final 23 seconds.
Chris Gatling led Cleveland (1-4) with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Blaylock intercepted passes by Langdon, Matt Harpring and Lamond Murray in a 3:18 span of the third quarter, leading to a pair of 17-footers by Vinny Del Negro and a driving layup by Blaylock. The steals helped fuel a 17-2 run that extended the Warriors’ lead to 80-54 with seven minutes left in the period.
Blaylock, who has 10 straight seasons averaging at least two steals per game, finished the game with six.
The Warriors (3-2) took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Hughes with less than two minutes left in the first quarter, then built their margin to 63-52 with a 9-0 run in the final minute of the half.
Erick Dampier started the rally with a reverse layup, Blaylock hit a 3-pointer after intercepting an outlet pass by Mark Bryant, Chris Mills made a running jumper and Antawn Jamison sank two free throws to give Golden State its biggest lead of the half.
On the play that sent him to the line _ a foul by Harpring _ Jamison landed hard on the floor and sprained his wrist. He didn’t play in the second half.
The Warriors beat the Seattle SuperSonics Thursday in the opener of this four-team round-robin tournament hosted by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Cavaliers beat the Lakers on Thursday.