Tony Parker had 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs used a furious start to the fourth quarter to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-95, remaining undefeated at home this season.
San Antonio hasn’t lost at home in the regular season since March 12, 2015. Coincidentally, it took place against these same Cavaliers who needed a 57-point scoring clinic from point guard Kyrie Irving to get that job done. 32 consecutive home wins later (23-0 this season), it remains clear that the Spurs are still as elite as they come.
Down 75-72 with 11:30 remaining in regulation, the Spurs put together a dominant 13-0 run to take control of the contest on their way to a very impressive victory. The game-changing run found the Spurs at their best, working their offense to get quality shots and playing smothering defense on the other end.
What’s scary is the run could have been even larger— Manu Ginobili missed a few open looks from deep and Cleveland looked completely out of sorts on offense. During a six minute fourth quarter stretch, Cleveland only managed two LeBron free throws and one made shot.
Put simply, the Spurs looked far more comfortable through crunch time and were in total control. The Cavs rediscovered their offense late in the game, but it was too little too late. Cutting the lead to four with 17 seconds left, Cleveland failed to grab the rebound after Tony Parker missed two free throws, which essentially ended the game.
This Spurs unit is just special. Their ability to find each other is beyond remarkable as the viewer can seriously question if they ever shoot a contested shot. Coach Gregg Popovich has his team rolling on a 10-game winning streak, as they are a team absolutely no one wants to face.
Source: Fox Sports