San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Green paced a balanced scoring
attack with 17 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Cleveland Cavaliers,
126-96, from AT&T Center.
The Spurs, winners of 10 in a row, outscored Cleveland 35-11 in the second
quarter to take a commanding 65-32 edge into halftime. All 13 active Spurs'
players recorded at least 11 minutes in the contest, and Jeff Ayres and Aron
Baynes were the low scorers with six points apiece.
Patty Mills shot 5-of-8 for 15 points off the bench as San Antonio remained
perfect in six home tilts this season. Tony Parker tallied 12 points and a
game-high seven assists while Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli notched 10
"It's always good to get the bench minutes so the guys feel comfortable,"
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Especially the guys who haven't been here
before, so they can understand the system better. They can feel a part of
things and obviously give some of the other guys a rest. Especially in a back-
The Spurs were 16-of-24 from 3-point range.
The lone bright spots for Cleveland in the setback were Andrew Bynum and
Matthew Dellavedova. Bynum, who has been dealing with knee problems, matched a
season-high with 21 minutes and scored a season-best 16 points. Dellavedova
netted a career-high 14 points in his second career start.
"Four of those guys I coached when I was here as an assistant coach back in
2000," Cavs coach Mike Brown said of the Spurs. "They're the same nucleus that
is playing for them now, so it has been engrained in them a long time. It
didn't just happen overnight."
The hosts wasted no time assuming control, jumping out to a 9-2 lead less than
three minutes in before Dellavedova halted the run with a deep 3. Kyrie
Irving's jumper at the 3:16 mark of the first made it 21-17 in favor of the
Spurs, but Cleveland would get no closer.
San Antonio led 30-21 after the first and maintained a double-digit advantage
in the early portion of the second. The lead was 13 following a Dion Waiters
jump shot at 8:38, but the Cavs mustered just seven points for the rest of the
Meanwhile, the Spurs shot better than 50 percent and 9-of-12 from the foul
line in the frame.
Irving scored 11 in the third for Cleveland, but Green made all three of his
treys in the period.
Cleveland has dropped eight in a row to the Spurs and 21 of 24 in San Antonio
... No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett shot 4-of-5 for nine points, all in the
fourth quarter ... The Spurs scored at least 30 points in every quarter ...
San Antonio had 30 assists compared to 19 for the Cavs. Both teams had 37
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