SAN ANTONIO: The Cavaliers entered the half Saturday night trailing the San Antonio Spurs by more points than they had scored. They needed three quarters to play equal to the Spurs’ remarkable first half.
In a season full of miserable losses, Saturday’s 126-96 pounding by the best team in the league wasn’t necessarily a surprise, but the extent of the mauling left the Cavs dragging home a three-game losing streak with the two-time defending champion Miami Heat up next. The beatings just keep coming.
Andrew Bynum had 16 points and six rebounds in his best night of the season and rookie Anthony Bennett finally played well during garbage time in the fourth quarter, making 4 of 5 shots and scoring nine points while grabbing a couple of rebounds. That was the extent of the good news for the Cavs, who watched the Spurs shoot 58 percent and remove all doubt in the second quarter when they outscored the Cavs 24-2 over a nearly eight-minute stretch.
Kyrie Irving had 15 points and four assists, Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points and Dion Waiters had 11 points off the bench for the Cavs, who suffered their worst loss of the season and second significant blowout in 10 days. The Minnesota Timberwolves beat them by 29 less than two weeks ago, prompting a players-only meeting that was supposed to have solved some of these problems.
The Spurs made 16 3-pointers and shot 70 percent on 3s. The Cavs, meanwhile, managed just 32 points in the first half and never had a chance after that.