Spurs beat LeBron James again, down Cavs 92-90
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 19 points apiece and the San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland for the 10th straight time with a 92-90 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Manu Ginobili scored on a layup with 18 seconds left, made a free throw with 9.1 to go and harassed James into a turnover with 1.9 seconds remaining for the defending NBA champions.
It was the first meeting between the Spurs and James since last June, when San Antonio overpowered the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Anderson Varejao scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving added 20 and James 15 for the Cavs, who fell to 5-5.
Cleveland hasn’t beaten San Antonio since March 8, 2010, during James’ first stint with the Cavs.
Elsewhere, Milwaukee overcame Brooklyn 122-118 in triple overtime in coach Jason Kidd’s return to New York, Toronto topped Memphis 96-92 after an illness wiped out the Grizzlies bench, and the Los Angeles Lakers topped Houston 98-92 for their second straight win following a 1-9 start.
In New York, the Bucks overcame Brandon Knight’s shocking missed layup at the end of the first overtime to outlast the Nets. Knight made the tying 3-pointer in the second overtime and the clinching free throws with 5.6 seconds to go in the third, allowing the Bucks to escape with a victory.
Rookie Jabari Parker scored a season-high 23 points for the Bucks, who won their third straight. Brook Lopez scored a season-best 26 points for the Nets, who have dropped five in a row.
Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Terrence Ross had 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter to pace the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors.
Marc Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who came in with the NBA’s best record at 10-1 but had just 10 active players after two starters and three role players got ill and had to go to the hospital with dehydration.
In Houston, Kobe Bryant had 29 points, Wesley Johnson made key free throws down the stretch and Los Angeles took advantage of Dwight Howard’s absence to get the win.
Los Angeles used a 7-1 run, highlighted by Bryant’s three-point play and capped by four free throws from Johnson, to take a 94-92 lead with less than a minute left.
Tarik Black, a rookie filling in for the injured Howard (strained right knee), missed a free throw and a jump shot down the stretch.
In other games, Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe scored 18 points, including the winning basket with 28.7 seconds to play, as the Suns beat the Detroit Pistons 88-86. Brandon Jennings scored 19 points to lead Detroit, losers of three straight and six of seven.
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki limped off to the locker room after a fourth-quarter fall, then returned to make a key 3-pointer to lead the Mavericks past the Washington Wizards 105-102. It was the Mavericks’ fifth straight win.
Minnesota’s Kevin Martin shook off an illness to score 37 points as the Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 115-99. The Wolves were missing Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic with injuries and Thaddeus Young due to the death of his mother.
Also, Denver defeated slumping Oklahoma City 107-100, Boston topped winless Philadelphia 101-90, the Los Angeles Clippers beat Orlando 114-90 and Indiana overcame Charlotte 88-86.