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Cavs Take Overtime Thriller in San Antonio


WRAP-UP

If you’re going to snap an eight-game losing streak, why not do so in style?

After arriving in San Antonio at 3 a.m. on the second night of a back-to-back, taking on a Spurs team that hadn’t played since last Friday, the odds were stacked against the Wine and Gold. Instead, they turned in one of the best team efforts of the young season – taking the 117-109 overtime thriller on Thursday night at the AT&T Center.

Kevin Love was outstanding all night, but it was his three-pointer with 7.5 seconds to play in regulation that saved the day – tying the seesaw affair after San Antonio took a five-point lead with just over 20 seconds to play.

Once the Wine and Gold got the extra-session, momentum was clearly on their side. Jordan Clarkson opened the scoring with a layup and Cleveland never trailed again.

The Cavaliers were actually in control of the contest for most of the night – leading by a baker’s dozen in the third quarter and holding a double-digit edge after three. But San Antonio chipped away in the fourth period and extended its lead to six with 3:46 to play.

Behind Love, Clarkson and Collin Sexton, the Wine and Gold rallied back to tie the affair – and that same trio combined for 11 of Cleveland’s points in OT to get a victory in one of the league’s toughest arenas.

Love went for a season-high 30 points in the win – going 11-for-24 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from long-range to go with a game-high 17 rebounds.

Love’s 17 boards were part of Cleveland’s utter dominance on the glass – outrebounding the Spurs, 50-36, including an 11-2 edge on the offensive end. San Antonio didn’t grab a single offensive rebound through the first four quarters of regulation.

Sexton added 28 points in the win, going 10-for-19 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the stripe, adding two boards, a pair of assists and a steal.

Jordan Clarkson, playing before friends and family, followed up with 25 points off bench – going 10-for-18 from the floor, including 4-of-11 from deep, adding four boards and three assists in 30 minutes of work.

Cedi Osman finished with 15 points to round out the Cavaliers in double-figures, going 6-of-12 from the field.

Larry Nance Jr. didn’t score a single point on Thursday, but grabbed 11 big rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench. John Henson notched just two points, but his defensive stop against DeMar DeRozan in the final seconds of regulation preserved the tie and sent the game to an extra-session.


HIGHLIGHT

Love ties the game with just seconds remaining in regulation to send the Cavs and Spurs to an eventual Wine & Gold overtime victory.


TURNING POINT

There were several turning points in Thursday’s road win, but the closing moments of regulation were critical to the final outcome.

San Antonio took the lead back midway through the fourth quarter and kept Cleveland at bay over the next five minutes. And when Patty Mills drained a pair of free throws with 20.1 seconds to play to put the Spurs up five, 103-98, it looked like the Spurs would hold on.

But Sexton went quickly coast-to-coast on the next possession to get within three. The Cavs fouled DeMar DeRozan on the next possession, but he bricked both free throws to open the door.

From there, Love sidestepped a pair of defenders and calmly drained the 27-footer that would eventually send the game to overtime.


BY THE NUMBERS

20.3, .500, .357 … Jordan Clarkson’s scoring average along with his shooting percentage from the floor and from beyond the arc over his last three outings.

At 14.3ppg, Clarkson is the 4th-ranked bench scorer in the Eastern Conference. Thursday’s performance was his 11th career double-digit effort against his hometown team – the fourth time topping the 20-point plateau.


QUOTABLE

Collin Sexton, on Thursday’s victory in San Antonio …

"It feels good. I felt like we played until the end tonight. It feels good to get a win. It feels good to fight back. We were up, but I think we were down five or six points with like 30 seconds to go and we fought until the end and we got a layup and Kev [Kevin Love] hit a big time three. We just know that we have got to fight until the end no matter what, just keep fighting and continue to play together. Tonight, we played together, and we got the dub."


CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and 87.7 La Mega's Rafa Hernandez-Brito.


UP NEXT

The Cavaliers current trip continues on, as they make their second and final stop in Milwaukee on Saturday night – taking on a Bucks team that hasn’t lost since November 8.

Cleveland closes out the mini-trip on Monday night north of the border, facing off against the Raptors in Toronto before heading home for the holidays – with home contests against Charlotte, Memphis and Atlanta on tap.

Cavs at Spurs Postgame: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Thursday’s 117-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.

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Cavs at Spurs Postgame: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Thursday’s 117-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Dec 13, 2019  |  02:42

Cavs at Spurs Postgame: Coach Beilein

Cavaliers Head Coach John Beilein spoke with the media following Thursday’s 117-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Dec 13, 2019  |  03:56

Cavs at Spurs Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward/guard Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Thursday’s 117-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Dec 13, 2019  |  02:35

Cavs at Spurs Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Thursday’s 117-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Dec 13, 2019  |  01:18

Featured Highlight: KLove Ties It

Kevin Love cans the three with just seven seconds remaining in the final frame to bring the Cavs even with the Spurs.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:12

60-Second Recap: San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Wine & Gold rally past the San Antonio Spurs in overtime on Thursday night.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:01

Clarkson Nails the Ice-Cold Three

Jordan Clarkson extends the Cavs fourth-quarter lead with an ice-cold trey.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:12

Delly Picks the Spurs' Pockets

Delly intercepts the San Antonio pass before laying the ball into Tristan's hands for the two-handed slam.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:09

Garland Gives It the 'Ole Finger Roll

Darius Garland bobs in and out of the Spurs defense before lightly tossing it in.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:10

Sexton Cans the Seamless Stepback before Half

Collin Sexton cans the stepback shot after making a nice driving move at the top of the key.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:09

Henson Rocks the Rim

Darius Garland finds John Henson with a beautiful no-look pass in the second quarter.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:15

Cedi Chases Down Spurs for Block

Cedi chases down the Spurs on defense for a big-time running block in the first frame.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:10

KLove with the Fancy Footwork

Kevin Love fakes out a Spurs defender before knocking down the stepback shot.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:09

Cedi Goes Inside-Out for the Tough Two

Cedi goes up and under between two Spurs defenders early in the Thursday's game.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:09

Highlights: Jordan Clarkson | Cavaliers vs. Spurs

Jordan Clarkson went 10-18 from the floor on his way to scoring 25 points off the bench in the Cavaliers win.
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:01

Highlights: Collin Sexton | Cavaliers vs. Spurs

Collin Sexton scores 28 points, grabs 2 rebounds, and 2 assists as the Cavaliers beat the Spurs in OT 117-109
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:01

Highlights: Kevin Love | Cavaliers vs. Spurs

Kevin Love scores 30 points, grabs 17 rebounds, and 2 assists as the Cavaliers beat the Spurs in OT 117-109
Dec 12, 2019  |  00:01
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