Jan 14, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) drives to the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
(The Sports Xchange) – San Antonio found a way to keep their home record unblemished with a 99-95 win over the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored 24 points, and Kawhi Leonard poured in 20, 16 after halftime, as San Antonio shrugged off a slow start by clamping down on the Cavaliers with their trademark defense.
“We just played better defense in the second half,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “(Cleveland) did the same stuff, but we just played it more aggressively and did a better job, both execution-wise and competitively.”
Eighteen of Parker’s points came in the first half, when just about every other San Antonio player struggled.
The second half belonged to Leonard, the league’s reigning defensive player of the year, who held Cavaliers forward LeBron James to seven points after halftime.
“Kawhi made LeBron work for everything he had,” Popovich said. “It was a heck of a win because we gave away the first quarter.”
San Antonio (35-6) have won their first 23 home games of the season, the most by a Western Conference team to open the season since Portland won their first 26 at home in 1977-78. The Golden State Warriors are 18-0 at home this season.
The victory also allowed the Spurs to extend their regular-season home victory streak to 32 games, dating back to an overtime loss to the Cavaliers last March, and granted them their best start after 41 games in franchise history.
Leonard pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, and David West scored 13 points, including two huge baskets in the first 1:07 of the fourth quarter to give San Antonio a lead they would not relinquish. Manu Ginobili added 10 points.
Cleveland, who had their eight-game win streak snapped, had all five of their starters score in double figures.
“We stopped moving the ball, but their defense had a lot to do with that,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt said. “We got away from what we were doing earlier, and (San Antonio) picked it up. We have to be a little bit more determined to play throughout the game with flow and pace.”
James led the Cavaliers (27-10) with 22 points, while Tristan Thompson added a season-high 18 points and 14 rebounds. J.R. Smith scored 17 points, Kyrie Irving hit 16, and Kevin Love contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Cleveland committed 18 turnovers that resulted in 19 points for the Spurs. San Antonio gave the ball away 12 times, leading to just six points.
“We can’t afford to give the ball away or have the amount of turnovers we had against a team that doesn’t make many mistakes, especially at home,” James said.
“We could have executed better, but it’s tough to do against San Antonio. They are always in the right position to make the most out of every possession.”
UNTV Cup Season 7 defending champion AFP Cavaliers’ record remains unblemished this season as they overpowered SSS Kabalikat, 100-86.
This is the third straight win for Cavaliers while it’s the second loss for Team Social Security System.
Veterans Alvin Zuniga and Winston Sergio led the AFP with 18 points and 17 points respectively.
Airman Wilfred Casulla Jr. added 10 points and 11 rebounds while Ezer Rosopa produced 9 points and 12 rebounds.
SSS main man, Carlito Quiambao contributed 41 points and 17 rebounds but they were not enough to get near AFP in the end game even with the addition of 28 combined points from Francisco Sarmiento and John Paul Roman.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture basketball team, DENR Warriors, now ties Malacañang-PSC Kamao in ranking in Group B as the DENR registered its second win against PNP, 88-77.
In the first half, PNP was still ahead with 6 points, 38-44, but in the third quarter, DENR started to rally led by Ralph Lansang when they brought 31 points into the table and limited the PNP to only 10 points.
The police force tried to regroup in the last quarter led by 2-time MVP Ollan Omiping but it was not enough to stop the onslaught of rookie team DENR Warriors.
Both Melvin Bangal and Ralph Lansang put up 21 points each with 34 points support from Paul Erwen Parreno, Desederio Asyon Jr., and Ed Rivera for the Warriors.
While Ollan Omiping contributed 20 points and Anton Tolentino got 14 points for the Responders.
In the other game, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters handed out PITC Global Traders’ second loss of the season in a toe-to-toe match, 68-64.
This is the second win of the Food Masters at UNTV Cup Season 8 with no loss yet.
Game 1: DENR def. PNP, 88-77
DENR 88 – R. Lansang 21, M. Bangal 21, P. Parreño 13, E. Rivera 11, D. Ayson 10, A. Gamboa 8, A. Atablanco 2, R. Abanes 2
PNP 77 – O. Omiping 20, A. Tolentino 14, M. Flormata 13, R. Villanueva 10, R. Cabrera 8, C. Elopre 6, H. Decena 2, J. Misola 2, J. Nicolas 2
Quarter Scores: 21-18, 38-44, 69-54, 88-77
PLAYERS OF GAME:
Ralph Lansang – 21 PTS, 8 REB, 7 STL, 1 BLK
Ed Rivera – 11 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST, 5 STL
Game 2: AFP def. SSS, 100-86
AFP 100 – A. Zuñiga 18, W. Sergio 17, W. Casulla 10, E. Rosopa 9, R. Pascual 9 R. Almerol 8, R. Araneta 8, V. Evidor 7, B. Bautista 6, P. Fernandez 3, D. Cordero 3, J. Lumongsod 2
SSS 86 – C. Quiambao 41, J. Roman 16, F. Sarmiento 12, R. Guierrez 6, S. Paclibare 2, M. Rapadas 2, R. Zarraga 2, M. Hernandez 2, S. Trinidad 2, R. Puño 1
Quarter Scores: 28-19, 57-36, 81-53, 100-86
PLAYERS OF GAME:
Winston Sergio – 17 PTS, 2 REB, 1 STL, 1 AST
Alvin Zuniga – 18 PTS,2 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL
Game 3: Agriculture def. PITC, 68-64
Agriculture 68 – C. Dematera 16, E. Oreta 14, S. Silva 11, J. Casaysayan 10, B. Mastelero 8, M. Lim 6, M. Tayer 3
PITC 64 – R. Vasallo 13, M. Martin 13, A. Taplah 10, H. Porto 8, R. Regalado 6, R. Barbers 4, M. Gecale 4, L. Lopez 4, M. Juan 2
Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers squandered most of a 25-point fourth-quarter lead before holding on to defeat the Washington Wizards 116-113 for their second straight win.
Washington cut the deficit to three points in the final minute and had a chance to tie when it inbounded with 10.8 seconds left but Cedi Osman knocked the ball away from Troy Brown, who was attempting a 3-pointer, and the Cavs held on despite missing nine fourth-quarter free throws.
Osman had 26 points for Cleveland and Ante Zizic had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Bradley Beal had 31 points for Washington but was on the bench during the fourth-quarter rally. Reserve Jordan McCrae had 15 points and Trevor Ariza added 13 for the Wizards, who have lost two straight.
Cleveland led by six at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter when it outscored the Wizards 35-22.
Matthew Dellavedova’s 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers an 82-61 lead late in the quarter.
Clarkson’s second straight 3-pointer made it 94-69 with 10:44 left to play and Cleveland still led by 25 with 6:58 to play before Washington rallied.
Gary Payton’s layup capped a 13-2 run that brought the Wizards within 109-99 and McCrae’s jumper made it 112-103 with 1:42 left to play.
Washington cut it to 115-108 on Brown’s layup with 35.1 seconds left. After Cleveland’s Collin Sexton missed two free throws, McCrae hit a 3-pointer with 30.7 seconds remaining.
Clarkson’s free throw extended the lead to 116-111, but McCrae’s two free throws pulled Washington within 116-113 with 18.5 seconds left.
Osman missed two free throws and Washington had the ball with 10.8 seconds remaining before Brown’s failed 3-point attempt.
The Cavaliers took their largest lead of the first half, 53-44, on Clarkson’s layup with 8.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter, but Ariza hit a 3-pointer with one second left.
DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Gregg Popovich continued his climb up the NBA’s career wins list as the visiting San Antonio Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons 119-107 on Monday.
Popovich earned the 1,221st victory of his career, tying him with Jerry Sloan for third on the NBA’s all-time list among coaches. The 23rd-year Spurs coach trails only Don Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332).
San Antonio dominated the last three quarters after falling behind early. Just as they did against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, the Pistons got off to a good start, jumping out to a 21-9 lead with 4:55 remaining in the first quarter.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting for the Spurs, who have won five straight and six of their last seven. Blake Griffin had 34 points and eight assists, and Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds in defeat for the Pistons, who have lost five of six.
Rockets 125, Nuggets 113
James Harden produced another sparkling double-double but this time received plenty of help as Houston extended its home-court winning streak to 10 games with a victory over Western Conference-leading Denver.
Harden paired 32 points with 14 assists. The Rockets also received a career-high 31 points from center Clint Capela (plus nine rebounds) and 21 points apiece from P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green. The Rockets bounced back after having their six-game win streak end Saturday against the Trail Blazers.
Houston finished 22 of 47 from behind the arc to outflank the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped and lost to the Rockets for the second time this season. Nikola Jokic paced Denver with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Celtics 116, Nets 95
Marcus Smart drained 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the first quarter to begin a game-changing run by host Boston, which went on to beat Brooklyn.
The Celtics have won three straight and four of five. The Nets, who were trying to reach .500 beyond the midway point of the season for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign, had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the fourth time in the last 16 games.
Kylie Irving, who returned after missing two games with a left eye injury, scored 17 points to lead a balanced Celtics attack. Seven other players scored in double figures for Boston. Rookie Rodions Kurucs scored 24 points and drained five 3-pointers for the Nets.
Bucks 114, Jazz 102
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 30 points and 10 rebounds to help Milwaukee register a win over visiting Utah.
Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points for the Bucks, who won for the 10th time in their past 12 games. Brook Lopez contributed 15 points and eight rebounds, Thon Maker also scored 15 and Khris Middleton had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points for the Jazz but missed all five shots while going scoreless in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gobert added 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Lakers 107, Mavericks 97
Los Angeles put together a dominant third quarter to rally from a 15-point deficit and win at Dallas.
Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 29 points, Lonzo Ball had 21 and Michael Beasley, with 13 points, was key contributor in a third quarter the Lakers won 32-13. Los Angeles earned just its second victory in seven games playing without injured star LeBron James.
Mavs rookie Luka Doncic finished with a team-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Pelicans 114, Grizzlies 95
Anthony Davis had 36 points and 13 rebounds as host New Orleans defeated Memphis. The Pelicans, who handed the Cavaliers their ninth consecutive loss on Saturday in Cleveland, gave the Grizzlies their sixth consecutive loss.
The Pelicans last won consecutive games during a three-game winning streak from Nov. 16-19. Memphis dropped to 3-13 since a 107-103 victory against the host Pelicans on Dec. 7.
Frank Jackson came off the bench to add 17 points for the Pelicans. Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points and 10 assists, JaMychal Green came off the Grizzlies’ bench to score 16.
Kings 111, Magic 95
De’Aaron Fox led a balanced attack with 20 points as host Sacramento followed up a record-setting shooting performance with one of its best defensive efforts of the season in a victory over travel-weary Orlando.
The Kings limited the Magic to 36.8 percent shooting and the third-lowest scoring output for a Sacramento opponent this season en route to their second straight season-series sweep of Orlando.
Terrence Ross came off the bench to score 20 points for the Magic, who were playing their fifth straight on the road and second in two days, having lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Trail Blazers 111, Knicks 101
Jusuf Nurkic scored 20 points to lead six Trail Blazers in double figures as Portland swept to a victory over visiting New York.
CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard both added 17 points, and Lillard had nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games. Seth Curry scored 13 points, and Jake Layman and Evan Turner had 10 apiece for Portland.
Enes Kanter came off the bench for 18 points and 14 rebounds, Emmanuel Mudiay scored 17 points, and Noah Vonleh contributed 16 points and 14 boards for the Knicks, who have lost in 14 of their past 16 outings.
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