Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Saturday, November 16th
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Cavaliers77
Game 2: Monday, November 18th
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Spurs104

Cavaliers 78

(2-9, 1-6 away)

Spurs 104

 

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:30 PM ET, November 18, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 23 14 21 2078
    SA 23 25 21 35104

    Top Performers

    Cleveland: Z. Ilgauskas 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Duncan's Spurs hand Cavs seventh straight loss

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Struggling to find wins, the San Antonio Spurs have temporarily found a solution -- play the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Tim Duncan
    Duncan

    Tim Duncan scored 25 points to lead San Antonio over Cleveland 104-78 Monday night, the Cavaliers' seventh straight loss.

    The Spurs, who have won 27 of the last 30 meetings, beat the Cavaliers 90-77 on Saturday in Cleveland even though Duncan was held to a season-low six points because of foul trouble.

    ''We played the same game as we did in Cleveland and that's a good sign,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. ''It's tough to play the same team back-to-back after you beat them the first time. I was pleased with our aggressiveness and tenacity. The bench was terrific. Hopefully, we will continue to improve.''

    San Antonio had five players in double figures. Stephen Jackson added 18 points, while Steve Smith and Kevin Willis scored 12 apiece.

    Cleveland was led by Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who scored 25 points. Ricky Davis added 19.

    ''I knew Duncan was going to come out and have a good game tonight,'' Ilgauskas said. ''It's tough to contain a player that good two games in a row. I knew he was motivated to play well. They just made the shots they missed in Cleveland.''

    Leading 48-37 at halftime, San Antonio opened the third quarter with a 10-6 run to lead 58-43 on David Robinson's dunk with 6:49 to play in the period.

    Cleveland rallied to close the gap to 65-58 on two free throws by Ilgauskas with 36.6 seconds to go.

    San Antonio went on a 10-0 run and led 77-58 on a layup by Bruce Bowen with 9:56 remaining in the game.

    From there, the Spurs stretched the advantage to as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to an easy victory.

    ''Tonight our turnovers led to points and theirs did not,'' Cleveland coach John Lucas said. ''We are a young team, but I thought we did a lot of good things at points in this game. Their bench hurt us a lot, too. They didn't miss much when they went to their bench.''

    Duncan was poked in the right eye by Davis but returned to score 14 first-half points. San Antonio outscored Cleveland 25-14 in the second quarter.

    ''We really did a much better job of moving the ball around,'' said Duncan, who shot 9-of-16 from the floor and also grabbed nine rebounds. ''They really hurt us in the start of the game, but once we got settled in defensively and took our time, we really started to make things go better.''

    The Spurs held Cleveland to only 37.5 percent shooting.

    Game notes


    Robinson was held to only three points and three rebounds. ... San Antonio's Emanuel Ginobili left in the fourth quarter after spraining his right ankle. ... San Antonio also beat the Cavaliers 90-77 on Nov. 16 in Cleveland. ... The Spurs are 27-3 against Cleveland in San Antonio and have won 21 of their last 24 against the Cavaliers. ... Duncan was one rebound shy of his fifth double-double of the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CLE
    SA
    Points 78 104
    FGM-FGA 27-72 (.375) 38-78 (.487)
    3PM-3PA 0-5 (.000) 8-20 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 24-31 (.774) 20-25 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-39 9-42
    Assists 15 27
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 4 4
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 4 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/1) 26 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Cleveland
    San Antonio
    Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
    Points: 25
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 25
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1