NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Cleveland
(Monday, March 8th)
Final Score: Cleveland 97, San Antonio 95
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Mo Williams had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the San Antonio Spurs, 97-95, in a matchup between shorthanded teams.
The Cavaliers rested LeBron James for a second consecutive game, and may have lost Antawn Jamison to injury. Jamison left the game in the third quarter with a stiff left knee and did not return.
"It got to the point where it wasn't painful, but I couldn't get into the motion I needed in order to push off the way I need to," Jamison said. "I could have played through it if it was that type of game, but needed to take precautions and begin to rehab it."
Jamison finished with 17 points, while Delonte West had 16 points and came up with a big steal in the final minute. Jawad Williams added 13 points for the Cavaliers, who rebounded from Saturday's loss at Milwaukee and became the first team this season to win 50 games (50-15).
Manu Ginobili had a huge night for the Spurs, sinking seven three-pointers on his way to 38 points. He appeared to hit a game-tying three with 14.2 seconds left, but it was ruled a two-pointer after review.
George Hill added 23 points for San Antonio, which had its four-game win streak broken and played its first game since losing guard Tony Parker to a broken hand on Saturday.
"We had a great opportunity, not many teams can come in here and win," Ginobili said. "LeBron wasn't playing, Shaq wasn't there [because of thumb surgery] and Jamison didn't play the second half, so we blew a big one, so we are kind of upset with that."
In a tight game down the stretch, the Cavaliers led 91-90 with 1:05 left after J.J. Hickson made two foul shots. At the other end, Tim Duncan intended to send a pass to the right corner for Ginobili, but West jumped in front to intercept the ball.
Ginobili then fouled West, who made both his attempts with 52.8 seconds to go for a 93-90 lead.
Hill and Roger Mason each missed a three-point try on the Spurs' next possession, but the Spurs managed to get a long rebound. Following a timeout, Ginobili sank a step-back jumper, but did so with his toe just over the three- point line. An official review confirmed the call, keeping San Antonio down one.
Mo Williams made two foul shots with nine seconds left, and after Mason misfired, Anderson Varejao sank two from the line to secure the victory.
Ginobili scored 14 points in the first quarter, but the Cavaliers shot 12- of-19 to take a 28-26 lead. The contest stayed close in the second, and the Spurs scored six of the final eight points of the half to take a 52-49 edge to the break.
San Antonio established a game-high lead of eight in the third quarter, and was ahead 76-72 moving to the fourth.
Cleveland drew even midway through the final frame, when West tipped in a basket and Mo Williams followed with a three to make it 85-85.
Hickson finished with 12 points for the Cavaliers...Duncan had 13 points for the Spurs. Mason shot 1-for-10, while Ginobili added seven rebounds and five assists...These teams meet again on March 26 in San Antonio. Cleveland swept the two-game season series in 2008-09.
03/08 23:49:23 ET