Without playing particularly well the Spurs managed to escape Cleveland with a victory over LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and their Cavs. Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Kawhi Leonard carried the team, as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker struggled mightily on offense all game long. The entire team played poorly on that end, as has been the case often this season. The Spurs committed 16 turnovers and shot only 31% from outside. Fortunately, they managed to make a lot of damage in the paint against a Cleveland team lacking a rim protector and got to the line 25 times.
The game was close throughout, with both teams having stretches of good play followed by sloppy performances on both ends. But the Spurs took advantage of a terrible third quarter by the Cavs to get the lead after trailing at the half. In the four quarter the teams traded buckets. Then with 17 seconds to go and the Spurs up one, Manu Ginobili hit a layup to stretch the lead to three.
That play, which we've seen the Spurs run numerous times for Tony Parker, ended up being the game winner. After free throws by Irving and Ginobili, LeBron James gathered a rebound and tried to dribble up court for a potential game-winner but lost control of the ball and turned it over. Manu Ginobili recovered it and dribbled out the clock.
The Spurs' record now improves to 7-4 while the Cavs dropped to 5-5.