Friday, November 13, 2015

Spurs outlast Cavaliers in overtime, 111-02.

In a likely preview of the NBA Finals, the Spurs and Cavaliers faced off.  A neck-and-neck showdown from start to finish, including overtime, saw both teams giving it all on the court.

LeBron James, however, spent much of this game on the bench due to rare foul trouble. Though he did make an impact upon reentering the game, his impact was stifled with just 10 points and 6 assists.

It was Kevin Love (14pts/10rebs) that would have the memorable play of the game, as a three pointer over two Spurs went through the twine at the buzzer, forcing an extra period of play after Cleveland resorted to intentional fouling. Though the Spurs would dominate overtime (15-6), the spent Cavaliers certainly made them earn this victory.

Kawhi Leonard nearly had a triple-double (19pts/9rebs/5asts), Manu Ginobili had 16 points with 4 assists, and Tim Duncan, still hot after the game with Memphis, had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Parker had 16 and Danny Green got a trio of steals to accompany 15pts. Efficient team play gave Spurs the advantage and tough defense held Kyrie Irving (21pts/11asts) to 8-20 from the field.

On the losing side, Anderson Varejao had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Iman Shumpert had 13 points, but only shot 6-16 due to Green's defense.

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