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Warriors defeat Bulls 66-57, stay undefeated in Summer League

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Warriors defeat Bulls 66-57, stay undefeated in Summer League

The Warriors (4-0) remain undefeated in Summer League play after Fridays 66-57 victory over the Chicago Bulls (0-3). The win was due in large part to the play of Warriors top pick Harrison Barnes who led the team with 20 points and shot 7-of-16 from the floor.

Tied for second with 11 points for Golden State were Charles Jenkins and Kent Bazemore. Bazemore also had an impressive seven blocked shots and eight rebounds, helping to secure the win.

Coming into Fridays game, the Warriors were victors in their first three contests, and have a chance at a perfect Summer League record with only one game remaining. The Bulls on the other hand are still looking for a win in the NBA Summer League.

It was the Warriors stifling defense that denied Chicago their first win. The Bulls were limited to just 25 percent shooting from the floor and converted on only 1-of-11 three-point attempts.

On the brighter side for the Bulls, forward Malcolm Thomas, who spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs, managed to record a double-double with 16 rebounds and 12 points. Guard Marquis Teague out of the University of Kentucky also scored 12 points and had a team high two steals.

The Warriors wrap up their Summer League schedule and look for a perfect 5-0 record Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against the New Orleans Hornets.

Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

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Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

It's been a pretty good run for the Warriors over the last three seasons:

- 2014-15 = 67-15, NBA champions
- 2015-16 = 73-9, NBA runner-up
- 2016-17 = 67-15, NBA champions

And Steve Kerr is on record saying that his team will be even better in 2017-18.

The Warriors' head coach recently sat down with Scott Ostler of The San Francisco Chronicle and explained why he isn't concerned about the upcoming campaign.

“Ultimately, we’re in a great spot. Our guys are happy, they’re doing their thing. There’s no need for much drama. The most impressive thing with our guys is, people talk about Pat Riley’s book and what he calls ‘the disease of me,’ where you win a championship and all of a sudden, everyone wants a bigger role, more money, whatever.

“I think that is sort of human nature, to want more. But our guys I think, have a genuine awareness that they’re getting all that through winning. More is coming their way individually as a result of the team’s success.

"It takes a really mature perspective to feel that way.”

Nothing exemplifies Kerr's thoughts more than Kevin Durant's financial sacrifice.

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iguodala or Livingston without Durant]

He could have earned about $34.7 million yet agreed to a $25 million salary for next season to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Golden State replaced Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes with Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell.

Otherwise, everybody else is back.

"We have a lot of momentum, and our guys have a comfort level, and obviously, we’re loaded with talent," Kerr told The Chronicle. "It’s fun to think about the season, think about where we can get better, players we can add. That’s what I spend a lot of my time down here doing, just thinking about what’s next for us.

“But I don’t worry at all about us being successful; I don’t worry about anybody’s ego getting in the way.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

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Does Harrison Barnes miss the Bay Area? 'I like living in Dallas, but...'

After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.

Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?

"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.

Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.

"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.