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March 08, 2020- Cleveland Cavaliers narrowly get past San Antonio Spurs in close contest

Cavaliers and Spurs regular season game recap

During Sunday evening’s contest, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 132-129 at home at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. No players on the Cavaliers were inactive for the game. Simultaneously, Lonnie Walker IV was out for the Spurs. The victory brings the Cavaliers to 2-0 in the series against the Spurs and to 19-45 in the regular season.

On the Cavaliers, Kevin Love got 14 points, although he had trouble making shots, scoring 3/12 (25.0%) from the field in 40:04. In addition to points, Love also added a majestic team-high 18 rebounds. Andre Drummond recorded a team-high 28 points, shooting 11/16 (68.8%) from the field in 33:07. Drummond also pulled down a stellar 17 rebounds and got 3 blocks. Matthew Dellavedova gained 14 points in 44:39, although he had trouble making his shot fall, shooting 3/11 (27.3%) from the field. In addition to points, Dellavedova also dished out a useful team-high 11 assists. Additional major efforts were achieved by Cedi Osman (who gained 19 points and had a useful 6 assists),Collin Sexton (who scored 26 points and made a useful 4 assists), Larry Nance Jr. (who scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds), and Alfonzo McKinnie (who added 5 rebounds).

For the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan had a team-high 25 points, although he had trouble making baskets, shooting 7/19 (36.8%) from the field in 42:04. In addition, DeRozan also managed to grab 8 rebounds and made 4 assists. Trey Lyles got 13 points in 41:17, scoring 4/10 (40.0%) from the field. In addition, Lyles also had a team-high 9 rebounds. Dejounte Murray boasted 17 points in 30:42, going 8/18 (44.4%) from the field. In addition to points, Murray also added 7 rebounds, got an excellent 6 steals, and made a team-high 6 assists. Rudy Gay scored 19 points, although he had trouble with his shot, shooting 7/19 (36.8%) from the field in 35:49. In addition to his points, Gay also got a team-high 9 rebounds. Additional pivotal performers included Drew Eubanks (who managed to grab 6 rebounds),Bryn Forbes (who added 19 points), and Derrick White (who added 17 points).

1st Quarter

The 1st Quarter started off with the Cavaliers struggling to get things going, going 6/14 from the field and 1/4 from three in the first half of the quarter for a total of 17 points. Shooting Guard Collin Sexton was among those who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 0/0 from deep for 2 points. Center Andre Drummond had 6 points, made 1 assist, and managed to pull down 3 rebounds. Comparingly, the Spurs also had trouble at the start of the quarter, scoring 3/11 from the field and 0/2 from the three point mark for a total of 8 points. Point Guard Dejounte Murray was one player on the Spurs who had trouble contributing at the start of the quarter, shooting 1/4 from the field and 0/0 from three for 2 points. Center Trey Lyles scored 4 points, had 1 block, and got 2 rebounds.

Despite the substandard start to the 1st Quarter, the Cavaliers bettered their shooting to finish the period, adding 18 points while going 5/10 from the field and 1/4 from three. The Spurs, meanwhile, struggled while finishing out the period, recording 10 points on 3/9 shooting (0/4 from the three point mark). The 1st Quarter closed with the Cavaliers trailing the Spurs by 17 points (35-18). Andre Drummond was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 11 points. On the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan scored 6 points.

2nd Quarter

The Cavaliers had a rough go at the beginning of the 2nd Quarter, recording 2/7 from the field and 0/3 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 9 points. Power Forward Kevin Love was among those who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 0/2 from the field and 0/1 from deep for 1 points. Small Forward Cedi Osman got 4 points, got 1 steal, and had 1 rebound. In contrast, the Spurs had little trouble in the beginning, making 5/11 from the field and 1/2 from deep for a total of 18 points. Shooting Guard Bryn Forbes was a vital player in this reasonable start for the Spurs as he had 8 points on 2/3 shooting (1/2 from the three point mark).

Despite the substandard start to the 2nd Quarter, the Cavaliers polished up their shooting to round off the quarter, recording 16 points while going 6/12 from the field and 0/3 from three. The Spurs, meanwhile, had issues closing up the period, boasting 14 points on 3/9 shooting (0/2 from the three point mark). The 2nd Quarter ended with the Cavaliers trailing the Spurs by 10 points (60-50). Bryn Forbes was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 8 points. On the Cavaliers, Andre Drummond scored 6 points.

3rd Quarter

The 3rd Quarter was set in motion with the Cavaliers having trouble getting things going, going 4/11 from the field and 2/5 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 11 points. Small Forward Cedi Osman was included in those who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 1/2 from deep for 3 points. Shooting Guard Collin Sexton had 5 points and swiped 1 steal. At the same time, the Spurs had no issues in the first half of the quarter, making 8/12 from the field and 3/4 from deep for a total of 21 points. Point Guard Dejounte Murray was a key contributor in this principled start for the Spurs as he added 9 points on 4/6 shooting (1/1 from the three point mark). In addition, Murray also got 2 assists, grabbed 1 steal, and managed to grab 2 rebounds. Shooting Guard Bryn Forbes recorded 6 points and had 1 rebound.

Despite the dismal start to the 3rd Quarter, the Cavaliers improved significantly to wrap up the period, recording 16 points while going 6/10 from the field and 4/6 from the three point mark. The Spurs also had no trouble closing out the period, recording 20 points on 7/14 shooting (1/2 from the three point mark). The 3rd Quarter finished with the Cavaliers down by 4 points (87-91). DeMar DeRozan was the biggest contributor of the quarter, scoring 11 points. On the Cavaliers, Cedi Osman scored 9 points.

4th Quarter

The 4th Quarter was set in motion with no major issues as the Cavaliers went 6/9 from the field and 3/4 from three in the first half of the quarter for a total of 15 points. Alfonzo McKinnie was a major contributor in this decent start as he had 5 points on 2/2 shooting (1/1 from the three point mark). McKinnie also added 1 rebound in addition to his points. In contrast, the Spurs struggled at the start of the quarter, making 4/10 from the field and 1/2 from deep for a total of 9 points. Rudy Gay was one player on the Spurs who had a slow start to the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 1/2 from the three point mark for 3 points. Rudy Gay added 3 points and grabbed 2 rebounds.

Despite the good start to the 4th Quarter, the Cavaliers struggled shooting to close out the period, gaining 16 points while going 5/13 from the field and 1/3 from the three point mark. The Spurs, meanwhile, faced no issues while closing up the period, gaining 18 points on 7/12 shooting (3/3 from three). The 4th Quarter ended with the Cavaliers and the Spurs tied up at 118-118. Rudy Gay was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 11 points. On the Cavaliers, Matthew Dellavedova scored 8 points.

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