What could possibly be a Finals preview for the NBA, the Spurs and the Cavaliers do battle on National TV Thursday Night as LeBron James and company comes into town.
A game that pits two teams on winning streaks of their own as well as one looking to stay perfect at home. The Cavaliers are feeling pretty good as they are sporting an eighth game winning streak as they step foot into the AT&T Center.
A tough task at hand for the Cavaliers as the Spurs are 22-0 at home. The Cavaliers though, have won in San Antonio before–10 months ago. That’s right, this was the team that handed the Spurs a loss before they went on this historic run of 31-straight wins.
All eyes have been on the start of the Golden State Warriors, but San Antonio (34-6) has quietly built the best start in the storied franchise’s history. The Spurs are riding a season-high nine-game winning streak and the second-best start at home by a Western Conference team ever behind Portland’s 26-0 in 1977-78.
March 12th was the last time the Spurs walked off of their floor in defeat to these Cavaliers. In a 128-125 overtime loss, Kyrie Irving torched San Antonio with a career-high 57 points.
Mar 12, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers player LeBron James (23) shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The Spurs have been turning heads in the NBA with their strong play. With a 93.5 points per 100 possessions allowed are on pace to be the fewest in the league in more than a decade.
The last four wins have featured as many different leading scorers: Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker. Parker had 14 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter en route to a season-high 31 in Tuesday’s 109-99 win at Detroit.
James brings in a Cavaliers (27-9) team that is starting to click and also looks to be getting their point guard Irving all the way back from injury.
Irving has averaged 16.5 points in 10 games since returning last month. His best game since returning was just days ago where he had 22 points and nine assists in Tuesday’s 110-107 overtime win at Dallas.
The win marked the Cavs’ fourth straight win to open a six-game road trip that includes stops in all three Texas cities. Their current streak of eight games marks the second time this season they have done so.
James had 31 points in 44 minutes of the OT win at San Antonio after being held to 15 points in a 92-90 loss in Cleveland earlier in the season. Kevin Love totaled 18 points on 6-of-22 shooting against the Spurs last season.