2014 Winter Games News
|Spurs crush Cavaliers 126-96|
|Written by RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press|
|Sunday, 24 November 2013 00:42|
SAN ANTONIO — Danny Green had 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs had a season-high 16 3-pointers, rolling past the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-96 on Saturday night for their 10th straight victory.
Patty Mills had 15 points, Tony Parker added 12 points and Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli each had 10 points for San Antonio (12-1), which improved on the best start in franchise history.
The Spurs never trailed while scoring a season high in points.
Andrew Bynum had 16 points, Kyrie Irving added 15 points, Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points and Dion Waiters 11 for Cleveland (4-10). Anthony Bennett, the top overall draft pick, had a season-high nine points.
The Spurs were 16 for 24 on 3s while remaining undefeated at home.
All of San Antonio’s 13 players scored at least six points, giving its starters a needed rest after playing Friday night in Memphis.
After Cleveland shot 22 percent from the field in the second quarter, San Antonio began to empty its bench midway through the third.
Following Tyler Zeller’s layup with 5:48 left in the second quarter, the Cavaliers did not score again until Bynum’s layup with 37.4 seconds remaining.
San Antonio took a 35-point lead during Cleveland’s offensive drought. Parker had four points and an assist during the run, with his two free throws putting the Spurs up 63-28 with 53.3 seconds left.
San Antonio scored a season-high 65 points in the first half, surpassing its previous high of 57 against Philadelphia with 2:22 remaining in the second quarter.
The Spurs were 5 for 8 on 3-pointers in the first quarter, with Green and Matt Bonner hitting consecutive 3s to give San Antonio their first double-digit lead at 27-17 with 2 minutes left.
The Spurs targeted Bynum defensively early, but with Splitter and not the more prolific Tim Duncan. Splitter hit consecutive baskets against the Cavaliers’ big man, including faking left and right before tossing in a hook shot.
NOTES: Spurs F Boris Diaw was a late scratch, sitting out with a bruised right rib he suffered against Memphis on Friday night. ... Cavaliers G Jarrett Jack left with an injured neck with 2 minutes left in the third quarter after driving the top of his head into Cory Joseph’s hip while trying to create space. ... Bonner attempted to hand the ball to Parker after ripping a rebound away from San Antonio’s point guard. Parker put his hands up and shook his head, playfully making Bonner bring the ball upcourt. ... Cavaliers G C.J. Miles (right calf strain) missed his second straight game after playing in the team’s first dozen, including three starts. . Parker shared a long hug and cheerful conversation with Brown, a former Spurs assistant who was with the team during the 2003 NBA championship.
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