January 14, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop (3) gets into a basket as he is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaac Okoro (35) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Darius Garland had 32 points to tie his season-high as the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 114-109 on Friday in the first straight game for both teams.
The Cavaliers led by five at halftime but only 104-103 after a Cedi Osman free throw with 5:37 remaining. Both teams went scoreless for more than three minutes before back-to-back dunks from Cleveland’s Lauri Markkanen and Jerritt Allen provided the Cavaliers with the cushion for the win.
San Antonio missed seven straight shots from the floor and three free throws in the fourth quarter deciding streak.
Jarrett Allen had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won three straight and four of five on their current six-game road trip. Evan Mobley added 15 points and Osman had 14 points.
Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Keldon Johnson added 18 points, Bryn Forbes had 15, Lonnie Walker IV scored 11 and Devin Vassell scored 10 points for San Antonio, which has lost five straight. Jakob Poeltl had 12 rebounds for Spurs in the loss.
The Cavaliers came out of the gate and led 35-26 after Kevin Love’s hook shot late in the first quarter. Cleveland extended their lead to 11 points early in the second period before the Spurs rallied, forging a 15-5 run in three and a half minutes late in the quarter to take a 57-54 advantage.
Cleveland responded, ending the half scoring the final eight points — including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Garland — to take a 64-59 advantage at the break.
Garland led all scorers with 16 points in the half, with Mobley adding 11 for the Cavaliers in the first 24 minutes of play. Cleveland edged the Spurs 53.1% to 45.8% in the half and had 32 points in the paint compared to just 20 for San Antonio.
Murray beat San Antonio with 15 points and 9 rebounds in the half.
The third quarter went back and forth with five lead changes before Spurs took an 86-84 lead until the final 12 minutes. San Antonio held the Cavaliers to 36.7 percent shooting during the period.
The Spurs host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday while Cleveland travels to Oklahoma City.
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