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.
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.
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 workforce, averaging simply 102.7 factors, however had no bother scoring in opposition to a torpid San Antonio protection.
The Spurs had been with out place to begin 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 time beyond regulation losses.
Garland took benefit, capturing 14 for 22 from the sphere, together with 5 for 10 on 3-pointers.
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 nicely, 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 time beyond regulation losses in three days, the Spurs emptied their bench with 8:30 remaining and the Cavaliers main 107-83.
Cavaliers: Garland’s earlier profession excessive was 29 factors in opposition to the Spurs on March 29. … C Jarrett Allen missed his fifth straight recreation 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 in opposition to the Cavaliers previous to dropping consecutive contests to them.
Spurs: G Lonnie Walker IV missed his fourth straight recreation with a sore proper wrist. Coach Gregg Popovich mentioned he hopes Walker will return through the workforce’s upcoming street 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.