SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Darius Garland scored a career-high 37 factors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the San Antonio Spurs 125-101 on Monday night time to snap a five-game skid.
Collin Sexton added 22 factors for Cleveland. Isaiah Hartenstein scored a season-high 16, and Taurean Prince completed with 14.
“I truly stated one thing at shootaround early this morning,” Garland stated. “I used to be like, ‘It’s going to be an excellent day.’ All people was locked in throughout shootaround, no horseplaying.”
San Antonio completed the longest homestand in franchise historical past at 2-7, dropping from seventh to ninth within the Western Convention. It marked the fourth time through the homestand that an opponent beat the Spurs to snap a dropping streak.
“We seem like we’re fried,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich stated. “We simply look drained. Cup is lower than half-filled, it appears.”
DeMar DeRozan had 25 factors for San Antonio. Rudy Homosexual, Derrick White and Keldon Johnson every had 13 factors.
Cleveland entered the sport because the league’s lowest scoring group, averaging simply 102.7 factors, however it had no hassle scoring towards a torpid San Antonio protection.
“We had a motivated group are available and we bought steamrolled,” Spurs ahead Rudy Homosexual stated. “It occurs typically within the league. Hope it doesn’t carry over.”
The Spurs had been with out start line guard and defensive stalwart Dejounte Murray, who was a late scratch with a sore proper foot. Murray averaged 38 minutes in San Antonio’s earlier video games, a pair of extra time losses.
Garland took benefit, capturing 14 for 22 from the sphere, together with 5 for 10 on 3-pointers.
“A few occasions I bought the rebound, and I used to be like, ‘Right here, I’m going to throw it to him,’” Sexton stated. “I’m cool. I’m chilling. I needed him to get to that 40. He had a tremendous sport.”
Cleveland shot 52% in its first victory since defeating the Chicago Bulls on March 24. It was 12 for 34 on 3-pointers.
The Spurs began properly, main by eight factors within the opening quarter, solely to squander that benefit simply as they did of their two earlier losses. The Cavaliers constructed a 13-point lead within the second quarter and prolonged it to 32 factors within the second half.
San Antonio has trailed by double digits in 62% of its video games this season. It’s 9-21 when falling behind by 10 factors this season.
Coming off two extra time losses in three days, the Spurs emptied their bench with 8:30 remaining and the Cavaliers main 107-83.
“Simply having the mindset that now we have to complete video games,” Garland stated. “Our second halves aren’t as sturdy as our firsts more often than not. Popping out for the second half, we simply needed to come out with plenty of vitality (and) play the way in which we had been taking part in within the first half.”
Cavaliers: Garland’s earlier profession excessive was 29 factors towards the Spurs on March 29. … C Jarrett Allen missed his fifth straight sport whereas following the league’s concussion protocol. … Larry Nance Jr. missed the sport with an undisclosed sickness. … Cleveland is 9-40 in San Antonio. The Spurs had received 5 straight dwelling video games towards the Cavaliers previous to dropping consecutive contests to them.
Spurs: Popovich didn’t give a timetable on when Murray would return, however stated his harm is “short-term.” … G Lonnie Walker IV missed his fourth straight sport with a sore proper wrist. Popovich stated he hopes Walker will return through the group’s upcoming highway journey. … Earlier than beating the Spurs throughout their homestand, Charlotte had misplaced three straight, Indiana was a on three-game skid and Atlanta had suffered two consecutive losses.
Cavaliers: Go to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Thursday.
Spurs: Go to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.