The Cavs nearly caught-up to the Spurs on Friday night, which was nearly a game that saw Cleveland down and out by halftime.
The Cavs darn-near defeated the Spurs on Friday night, in a game that was getting out of hand to start the second half. The Cavaliers, who were playing yet another game without forwards Kevin Love and Taurean Prince, fell to the Spurs 116-110 in a close contest. The Cavs were coming off of a big win against the Celtics two nights prior but the guys from Cleveland couldn’t start a winning streak.
The Cavs were powered by Collin Sexton and Darius Garland who each dropped 29 points on Friday. Sexton finished with a stat line of 12-15 from the floor, 3-6 from three-point, and 2-3 from the free-throw line. Sexton also provided five rebounds and two assists. Garland on the other hand had a good game shooting, hitting 8-16 from the floor, 2-4 from three-point, and 11-11 from the free-throw line. Garland also finished the night wight eight assists.
Jarrett Allen had a nice game, posting a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Off the bench, Penn State rookie Lamar Stevens had a double-double as well with 15 points and 11 rebounds as well.
Cedi Osman, however, went 0-6 and didn’t score a point tonight, marking it as arguably his worst game of the year.
The Cavs were able to get back in the game in part due to the impressive bench play by Stevens and Bordic Thomas, who scored seven points. Had another guy like Osman stepped up, the Cavs very likely could’ve won this game.
The Spurs were playing without LaMarcus Aldridge and relied heavily on Demar Derozan, Keldon Johnson, and Dejounte Murray. Each man put up 20+ points, with 21 rebounds coming from Johnson as well.
The Spurs moved to 22-16, and have really shown themselves to be contenders in the Western Conference playoff chase, while the Cavs fell to 15-26.