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Final: Spurs 109, Cavs 99

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2011

The Cavs went without a field goal for six minutes in the third quarter and were blown out in the fourth of Wednesday's 109-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. In short, it went as expected in a matchup between the league's best and worst teams.

Samardo Samuels had career-highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds in his first NBA start and Alonzo Gee had a season-high 18 points in his return to the starting lineup in place of Christian Eyenga. The Cavs were again short-handed. Daniel Gibson was a late scratch with tightness in his quad and newly acquired Luke Harangody left after eight minutes with a right hip pointer, leaving the Cavs with one healthy point guard (Ramon Sessions) and a thin bench.

Joey Graham, who played 16 total minutes in February because Byron Scott believes his knee still isn't right, was forced to log 15 minutes in the second half.

The Spurs were blown out at Memphis on Tuesday and played the Cavs like an angry team trying to forget about the 22 turnovers from the night before. George Hill, who had six points and six assists against the Grizzlies, rebounded by equaling his season high with 22 points. He is starting in place of Tony Parker, who could miss a month with a calf injury.

Tim Duncan had 16 points and DeJuan Blair had 14 for the Spurs. They combined for 15 points in the first six minutes of the third quarter, extending a five-point halftime lead to 17 entering the fourth. The lead grew to as much as 25 before a meaningless late rally by the Cavs.

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