In their second game back from the All-Star break, the Spurs faced the Cavaliers. What went down in this one?
After falling to the Denver Nuggets once again for a fourth consecutive loss, the San Antonio Spurs traveled to Cleveland to face LeBron James and the new-look Cavaliers. This was the final game of the Rodeo Road Trip. Let’s take a look at what went down before a national TV audience Sunday afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.
The teams played a close first period. San Antonio went on an 8-0 run to take an 11-7 lead, but Cleveland fought back to take the lead again with four minutes to go. Danny Green put the Spurs back up with his first three-pointer and helped the lead grow to seven with his second. After poor shooting, two big turnovers by the Spurs helped the Cavaliers draw within two. However, a last-second three by Bryn Forbes gave San Antonio a five-point lead heading into the second quarter.
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After several missed shots by the Spurs to start the second, Cleveland tied it once again and recaptured the lead until Forbes put San Antonio back in front with his second three. The teams traded buckets with neither able to gain control. J.R. Smith‘s three with just under four minutes to go gave Cleveland a spark, leading to an 8-0 run and a nine-point lead. Lead by their defense and two more threes from Green, San Antonio fought back to tie it once again until a last-second three by LeBron gave Cleveland a three-point lead at halftime. In the first half, Green had 16 points and went 4-7 from beyond the arc.
Danny Green is feeling it from deep!
He's up to 16 PTS (4/7 3PM)!#GoSpursGo
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— NBA (@NBA) February 25, 2018
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Aldridge continued to carry the Spurs along with solid defense from Dejounte Murray and play off the bench from Rudy Gay. LeBron kept the deficit close with his constant strong drives to the basket, leading to easy layups. Three Cleveland threes helped them retake the lead until Green’s fifth three tied the game back up. Forbes scored his 10th point to give San Antonio a 76-74 lead heading into the final quarter.
San Antonio increased their lead to 13 at one point to start the fourth quarter, their largest lead of the day, thanks to Murray’s defense and scoring. The Spurs’ lead continued to build as Cleveland went into an offensive slump. San Antonio’s lead stayed at double digits until Kyle Korver hit a three with just over four and a half minutes to go. However, a Patty Mills answer from beyond the arc gave the Spurs back an 11-point lead. The Cavaliers continued to chip away at the lead, but in the end San Antonio’s defense and offensive execution proved to be too much as the Spurs walked away with a 110-94 win, ending a four-game losing streak.
Seven Spurs scored in double figures as Aldridge lead the way with 27 points while Green added 22 along with five three-pointers. Murray ended with 13 and Forbes finished with 12 while Mills and Gasol added 11 each. LeBron lead the Cavaliers with 33 points while Jordan Clarkson added 17 and Jeff Green had 14.
The Spurs will return home from the Rodeo Road Trip on Wednesday to face the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 P.M. CST.