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Wine & Gold Fall in Hard Fought Battle in San Antonio

Scrappy Cavs Come Up Short in First Game of the Road Trip
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Wrap-Up -- On Thursday night, the Wine & Gold went toe-to-toe with one of the NBA’s true heavyweights – slugging it out for four quarters before the Spurs delivered the late K.O.

The scrappy Cavs went up a deuce with 3:32 to play on Cedi Osman’s finger-roll, but the Spurs would proceed to close the game on a 12-4 run – punctuated by Patty Mills’ triple with 14.5 remaining – handing Cleveland the 116-110 loss at the AT&T Center.

In a game that featured 11 ties and 12 lead-changes, the Cavaliers maintained control through much of the first half – taking a nine-point edge into the halftime locker room.

But the Spurs would come out to tally 40 points in the third quarter and 32 more in the fourth – finally pulling past Cleveland in the contest’s final three minutes.

Collin Sexton once again led the Cavaliers in scoring – finishing with 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting, including 3-of-7 from long-range to go with three assists and a pair of rebounds. The Young Bull canned his first seven shots before running out of steam in the final period.

Kevin Love bounced back from a rough outing on Tuesday night against Boston to notch 18 points and eight boards, going 7-for-13 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from long-range. As good as Love was through the first three quarters, Love trailed off after intermission – netting just two points and three boards after the break.

Brandon Knight had a strong outing across from Sexton – chipping in with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting, drilling both triples he attempted.

On a night that the Spurs retired the great Manu Ginobili’s jersey, it was only fitting that each team produced three reserves in double-figures.

For the Cavaliers, Larry Nance Jr. led the way – doubling-up for the 14th time this season with 13 points and a game-high 11 boards. Nance – who also helped hold All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge to 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting – also led the Wine & Gold in assists (4) and steals (2) while recording the squad’s only blocked shot.

David Nwaba turned in 18 very efficient minutes off the bench – finishing with 11 points, three boards and a steal on 5-of-6 shooting.

Jordan Clarkson finished in double-figures for the 16th straight occasion, but he struggled to get there – going just 4-of-15 from the floor to finish with 10 points, adding six rebounds, three assists and a steal in the loss.

DeMar DeRozan, in his first meeting against Cleveland as a Spur, led both squads with 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting to go with eight assists.

Marco Belinelli, Patty Mills and Rudy Gay all registered double-figures off the bench for San Antonio – and each made it count. Belinelli was 7-for-11 from the floor, Mills canned a pair of painful daggers and Gay notched 10 of his 12 points after intermission.

Collin Sexton


Sexton records double figure scoring for the 67th time this season.

Turning Point -- The Spurs late push to end the game eventually decided the final score. But it was the first few minutes out of the halftime locker room that set the table.

The Cavs went into half up by nine and made it 11 on Tristan Thompson’s floater to start the second stanza. But the Spurs would answer back immediately – with DeMar DeRozan scoring 11 quick points, keying a 21-7 run that put the Spurs back in the lead.

Brandon Knight would tie the game on Cleveland’s next possession, but the Cavaliers lost any margin for error the rest of the way.

By the Numbers24.5, .551, .500, .879 … Collin Sexton’s scoring average – plus shooting percentages from the floor, beyond the arc and from the free throw line – over his last 11 games, tallying at least 20 points in 10 of them.

QuotableCoach Larry Drew, on San Antonio’s surge to start the third period …

”They made a run. They’re on their home floor and we kind of anticipated they’d make a run and we’d have to weather the storm. I thought we did. We were right there until the end. We just didn’t execute well down the stretch.”

Up Next -- Following Thursday night’s loss at the AT&T Center, the Wine & Gold’s late-season roadie rolls on – with the Cavaliers traveling to Tinseltown for a Saturday afternoon clash with the Clippers to close out the month of March. On Monday night, the Cavs head to the Valley of the Sun for a showdown with the Suns and close out the junket later in the week, with a Thursday-Friday back-to-back against the Kings and Warriors. Larry Drew’s squad returns home to close out the campaign – welcoming the Spurs on Sunday afternoon and wrapping up on Fan App Night against the Hornets.

Calls of the Game

#CavsSpurs Postgame: Brandon Knight

Cavaliers guard Brandon Knight spoke with the media following Thursday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.

Cavaliers at Spurs - March 28, 2019

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#CavsSpurs Postgame: Brandon Knight

Cavaliers guard Brandon Knight spoke with the media following Thursday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Mar 28, 2019  |  02:43

#CavsSpurs Postgame: Larry Nance Jr.

Cavaliers forward/center Larry Nance Jr. spoke with the media following Thursday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Mar 28, 2019  |  01:53

#CavsSpurs Postgame: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Thursday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Mar 28, 2019  |  02:14

#CavsSpurs Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Thursday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Mar 28, 2019  |  01:00

Larry Jr. Outlets to Cedi

Larry Nance Jr. comes up with the big defense play and whips the long outlet pass to Cedi Osman for the easy layup to give the Cavs the lead.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:14

Nance Jr. Fakes Out the Defense

Larry Nance Jr. fakes the dribble-hand-off and gets to the basket for two.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:13

Young Bull Flexes His Muscles Inside

Collin Sexton muscles his way into the paint and finishes the floater in the paint.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:11

GAME RECAP: Spurs 116, Cavaliers 110

DeMar DeRozan scores 25 points as the Spurs get the victory, 116-110.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:00

KLove with the Fast Break Finish

Kevin Love takes it coast-to-coast for the fast break finish.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:17

Knight Steals and Scores

Brandon Knight gets the theft and takes it down the other end for the uncontested layup.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:10

Cedi Dimes KLove for the Bucket

Cedi Osman and Kevin Love work the two-man game as Cedi dimes KLove for the bucket in this ‘More Driven Highlight’ driven by Goodyear.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:30

David Nwaba with the Putback Slam

David Nwaba crashes the offensive glass in transition and throws the hammer down.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:13

Sexton Shows of the Athleticism

Collin Sexton blows past the Spurs defense and finishes strong at the rim.
Mar 28, 2019  |  00:15

#CavsSpurs Shootaround: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media prior to Thursday's shootaround at the AT&T Center as the Wine & Gold prep for the San Antonio Spurs.
Mar 28, 2019  |  05:11

#CavsSpurs Shootaround: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media prior to Thursday's shootaround at the AT&T Center as the Wine & Gold prep for the San Antonio Spurs.
Mar 28, 2019  |  06:45
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