Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers took the best team in the NBA to the limit, but in the end, the exection of the Spurs was too much to overcome.
The result was a 96-95 loss to San Antonio, a loss that puts the Cavs at 16-37 with the All-Star break and a couple days off up next for the club.
The Spurs continue a remarkable run through the NBA, as they improve to a NBA best 42-12. The game-winner was a three-pointer by Kahwi Leonard with 2.9 seconds left.
Leonard responded taking a pass from Tony Parker, and buried the three from the right corner to give San Antonio the one-point lead.
The Cavs in their final chance inbounded the ball to Kyrie Irving, but he slipped and took a wild shot that bounced off the basket to secure the win for the Spurs.
Irving, who is off to the All-Star game, had an awful night, going just 2-for-15 from the field and scoring six points.
Dion Waiters nearly won the game for the Cavs, hitting a 20-foot jumper with 9.9 seconds left to give the Cavs a 95-93 lead. Waiters had 20 points with six rebounds and four assists in the loss.
The game also marked the return of Tyler Zeller, who played his best game in a long time, hitting for 16 points with 9 rebounds and four assists.
Parker led the Spurs with 24 points, while Leonard and Tim Duncan each added 13 in the win.
The Cavs led by as many as 10 in the second quarter, but the Spurs hit the final bucket of the half to close within eight, and quickly rallied in the third quarter to draw even.
The Spurs have won 14 of their last 15, and on the season move to 32-1 when leading after three quarters.
The Cavs are off till they report back to practice Monday, and their next game is at home vs New Orleans next Wednesday.