SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers extended the San Antonio Spurs’ slump by beating them 114-109 on Friday to hand them their fifth straight loss, with 28 points from Darius Garland.
Jarrett Allen had 17 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland, which won for the third straight time and fourth in five games.
Dejounte Murray had 30 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for San Antonio, which is 1-7 to start the year. Keldon Johnson added 18 points and Bryn Forbes finished with 15.
The Spurs struggled against Cleveland’s tall men, Evan Mobley and 7-foot-1 Lauri Markkanen, as well as 7-foot-1 Allen. Mobley added 15 points and Markkanen eight.
That trio also helped block Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, who was hitless on just four shots from the field and no free throws.
Cleveland shot 53% from the field in the first half on a pair of alley-oops from Mobley and Allen. The Cavaliers finished with four such dunks. Allen got the last one with 1:53 left, giving the Cavs a 108-103 lead, seconds before Markkanen retaliated to a one-hander over Poeltl.
The Cavaliers had a 20-point lead by getting 60 points from the paint. The Spurs tried to keep up the pace by making 15 of 34 3-pointers, but couldn’t hold the lead in the third quarter.