CLEVELAND: Former Cavs guard Danny Green had 24 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Cavs were blasted by the San Antonio Spurs 122-101 on Tuesday.
It was their ninth consecutive loss to the Spurs, who pounded the Cavs by 30 in a late November game they once led by 43. More than three months later, not much has changed.
The Cavs started well and even led 27-16 two minutes into the second quarter, but the Spurs got hot from 3-point range and quickly flipped the entire game.
Spurs reserves Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw combined to shoot 9-for-13 on 3-pointers after opening the game 1-for-7 from 3 in the first quarter and managing a season-low 13 points for an opening quarter.
Kyrie Irving had 24 points, six assists and four rebounds – the most points he’s ever scored against the Spurs. He entered averaging 13.3 points and shooting less than 34 percent, easily the worst marks of his career against any team. He had never scored more than 19 points against the Spurs until Tuesday.
Dion Waiters had 24 points off the bench in his first game back from a knee injury and Spencer Hawes had 20 points and 13 rebounds, but the Cavs couldn’t stem the Spurs’ flurry of 3-pointers.
They were within 11 in the final minute of the third quarter, but Mills and Diaw each made 3-pointers to close the quarter with the Spurs ahead 85-68. Green added six points within the first 30 seconds of the fourth and nine of the Spurs’ first 11 points in the quarter, The Spurs built the lead to 28 in the fourth on a night they received little from Tony Parker (seven points, five assists) and Tim Duncan (seven points, eight rebounds). Neither Parker nor Duncan played in the fourth quarter.
The Spurs made 14 3-pointers Tuesday after making 16 in the first meeting, which still stands as their season high. The Spurs combined to shoot 53 percent on 3s (30-for-57) in the two games against the Cavs this season.