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              === Leonard's late triple helps Spurs sink Cavs ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports Network) - San Antonio finally got its "Big Three" back
 on the floor, but it was Kawhi Leonard who stole the show on Wednesday.
 
 Leonard buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left off a nice feed from
 Tony  Parker to  lift  the San  Antonio  Spurs  to a  96-95  victory over  the
 Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 "If  Tony had an open layup he would have gotten the layup," Spurs coach Gregg
 Popovich  said.  "He beat the guy  and everyone had  to come in and that's the
 alternative."
 
 Leonard  finished  with 13  points and  10 rebounds, while  Parker poured in a
 game-high  24 points to  go with seven assists and six rebounds for the Spurs,
 who head into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak.
 
 Parker returned after missing Monday's win with right knee soreness, while Tim
 Duncan  (left knee soreness)  played for the first time in four games and Manu
 Ginobili (left hamstring) returned from a five-game absence.
 
 Duncan  donated 13  points and six rebounds and Ginobili added five points and
 six assists off the bench to help San Antonio earn its 14th win in its last 15
 games.
 
 Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 20 points and six rebounds, while Tyler Zeller
 chipped  in 16  points and  nine  boards for  the  Cavs, who  have lost  three
 straight on the heels of a three-game winning streak.
 
 With  the game knotted  at 93-93 late in regulation, Waiters drove to his left
 and buried a tough stepback jumper from the left wing to give Cleveland a two-
 point edge with 9.9 ticks on the clock.
 
 Following  a San Antonio timeout, Parker received the inbounds pass at the top
 of  the key  and drove hard to  his left before finding a wide-open Leonard in
 the right corner for the go-ahead bucket with under three seconds left.
 
 "One  thing we always  talk about is to never help off the corners," Cavaliers
 coach  Byron  Scott said of  San Antonio's final  play. "We don't leave corner
 shooters, and they're such a good corner shooting team. We can live with a tie
 game or go into overtime, but you don't want to give up a three."
 
 Cleveland had a chance at the other end, but Kyrie Irving, who finished with a
 season-low  six points, missed a desperation runner from the top of the key as
 time expired.
 
 "(Tony Parker) cut me off and I tried to spin," Irving said of his final shot.
 "He bodied me a little bit and I lost my balance and that's basically it."
 
 Early  on, Cleveland  opened the contest on  an 8-2 surge and never trailed in
 the first frame before taking a slim 22-21 edge into the second.
 
 Both teams shot over 50 percent in the second stanza, but the Cavs used a late
 11-4 push to take a 54-46 cushion into the break.
 
 San  Antonio then scored the first eight points of the second half to knot the
 game at 54-54 before taking a slim 74-73 lead into the fourth.
 
 Cleveland  regained control  with the first five points of the final frame and
 led  by  five twice in  the quarter,  but couldn't hold  on, as Gary Neal's 3-
 pointer with 1:26 remaining tied the game at 93-93.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Spurs have won six straight against the Cavaliers ... San Antonio improved
 to  20-10 on  the road ... Neal finished  with 15 points off the bench ... San
 Antonio  shot  45.2 percent  (38-for-84) from the  field, while Cleveland shot
 41.2 percent (40-for-97) from the floor.
 
 
 02/13 23:33:36 ET

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