The defending champion San Antonio Spurs went into Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to face the new and improved Cavaliers last night. The champs prevailed in a close game, pulling off a 92-90 win.
With 9.1 seconds left in the gae, and the Cavs down by two, Manu Ginobili missed a free throw. LeBron grabbed the ball and drove upcourt into the Spurs defense. Pressure from Ginobili and Tim Duncan got to him, and he lost control of the ball. The game clock expired seconds later.
LeBron finished with 15 points—his second fewest this season—six rebounds and nine assists. He also turned the ball over five times.
Neither team played their best game Wednesday night, but the Spurs capitalized and the made plays when they were needed. With just over a minute to go, and the Spurs down by one, Ginobili fed Duncan in the low post -- where he has been so dominant for so long -- and he banked a hook shot to take the lead.
Duncan finished with another double-double (19 points and 10 rebounds) for the seventh time in 10 games this season. Boris Diaw also scored 19 points on the night. The Spurs haven’t lost to the Cavs since March 8, 2010.
This was LeBron’s first game against the Spurs since last summer's matchup in the NBA Finals between the Spurs and the Heat. But it wasn’t LeBron who kept this game so close, making only six baskets on the night. Anderson Verajao and Kyrie Irving scored 23 and 20 points, respectively. Verajao completed the double-double by adding 11 rebounds.
The Spurs improve to 7-4 despite struggling offensively and missing some key players like Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli. The Cavs fall to 5-5, and are still trying to find chemistry that has been so sorely lacking during this young season.
Source: NBA.com / PhotoCredit: Associated Press