The Cleveland Cavaliers entered their home game against the San Antonio Spurs this evening looking to build on their impressive win on Wednesday over the Boston Celtics. And Lamar Stevens almost made it happen.
Despite being largely handled by the 22-16 Spurs throughout, the Cavs staged a spirited fourth quarter comeback attempt led by Lamar Stevens, Collin Sexton, and Darius Garland. After a scrappy first quarter performance that saw them down only three points, a brutal second quarter punctuated by an 11-0 Spurs run seemed to be too much for the Cavaliers anemic offense to overcome. As this one began to feel like a blowout, Lamar Stevens provided 15 fourth quarter points that provided a significant spark. Despite an impressive fight, the Cavs offense could not keep up as they fell to the Spurs 116-110.
The Cavs shot the ball poorly for the first three quarters, which proved fatal once the Spurs built a significant lead. Darius Garland lead the Cavs with a caree-high 29 points from the field with 8 assists. Collin Sexton turned his game up in the fourth quarter, contributing 29 points on 12-25 shooting. The young backcourt duo was forced to do the offensive heavy lifting, as contributions from the rest of the team outside of Stevens were limited. All other Cavaliers outside of that trio combined for 37 points with Jarrett Allen leading the way with 15 points and 11 rebound. DeMar DeRozan and Keldon Johnson posted impressive performances for the Spurs with 20 points and 21 points to go along with 21 rebounds for Johnson.
The Cavs, now sitting at 15-26 and outside the East playoff race, will look to turn things around in their next two games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Up Next: The Cavs continue their homestand as the Raptors come to town on Sunday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.