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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Basketball: Cavaliers beat Spurs in the NBA

The NBA has started and everybody in Cleveland has reasons to smile. Tim Duncan looked like Shaq O'Neal, 9-of-19 at the free-throw line, LeBron James looked like LeBron James and the Cavaliers held on in the fourth quarter for a 88-81 win Friday night over the Spurs at San Antonio.

It's so good to know that LeBron James scored 35 points overall, including 15 in the first quarter against Spurs defensive specialist Bruce Bowen.

In fact, the Spurs managed to limit Jamesto four points in the second quarter, but couldn't find an offensive rhythm to take the lead. Manu Ginobili scored 13 by halftime, but Duncan and Parker were mostly quiet, combining for 10 points.

As we said, Duncan scored 14 points in a 5-minute span in the fourth quarter as the Spurs steadily shaved a 13-point deficit to pull within four. But missed free throws doomed the rally.

James, who missed five consecutive shots in the Spurs' rally, hit a layup then followed it with a free throw for an 86-79 lead with 42 seconds left.

It's important to mention that Larry Hughes finished with 18 points for Cleveland.

Duncan had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Tony Parker had 21 points for the Spurs, who went 18-of-34 from the line.
In fact, the Spurs have lost only 19 times on their home court since 2003, but two have come in the last two games. We must remember that the Spurs lost to Dallas in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals last season.