The Cleveland Cavaliers with an up-tempo high power offense beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103.
A new voice for the Cavaliers might be what’s elevating the team against one of the elites. Head coach Tyronn Lue gives them their fourth straight win after losing in his debut last Saturday against the Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers came in the game 0-5 against the Spurs, Warriors and Bulls. But they played differently than earlier in the season. LeBron James scored 29 points, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 21 points a piece. They combined for 71 in total against the second best team in the league.
“They pushed the ball,” said Spurs guard Tony Parker, who finished with 13 points according to the Associated Press. “They were still a very good team before. It’s one of those games where our defense just wasn’t there. We made too many mistakes and against a good team you can’t do that.”
The Spurs didn’t do much defensively coming into the game allowing a league-best 90.6 points a game. The Cavaliers scored more points in the first three quarters to surpass that. Kawhi Leonard had 24 points, while guarding LeBron James. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and was in foul trouble, which didn’t help the Spurs. They already miss Tim Duncan’s presence playing the center position even at 40 years old. The Spurs hope they get him back soon as the best defensive in the league doesn’t look the same.
Tonight Spurs host the Orlando Magic. Cavaliers go for five straight wins on the road facing the Indiana Pacers.