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Spurs 119, Cavaliers 113

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SAN ANTONIO -- It was a win for the Spurs, but not the way they wanted. Without their star point guard, that's going to have to do.

Tim Duncan stepped up with 30 points and 12 rebounds, five blocks and a couple of game-changing defensive plays in the final minute as the Spurs survived a strong showing by the Cavs to win 119-113 Saturday night at the AT&T Center.

With 54 seconds left and up the Spurs up 113-109, Tristan Thompson looked like he was going to get an uncontested dunk, but Duncan came and blocked his shot from behind. He was fouled and made two free throws on the other end.

With 17 seconds left and up 116-111, Duncan also rejected Dion Waiters' shot on a drive.

The Cavs were also playing without their own star as Kyrie Irving missed a third straight game with a shoulder strain. He is expected to miss about another three weeks.

The Spurs quality of play has diminished after losing all-star Tony Parker, dropping two of their last three games. But the Spurs played well enough on offense against the Cavs, shooting 57 percent and scoring 45 baskets on 32 assists, but their defense struggled.

The play of the Cavs will likely be discussed in their three-day break between games. With a make-shift roster, Cleveland shot 50 percent from the field, 7 of 15 from 3-point range.

They were led by Marresse Speights who had 19 points and Wayne Ellington with 21.

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in the second quarter, but Manu Ginobili helped spark a 22-11 run after the ejection.

NOTES: The Spurs recalled guard Nando De Colo from the D-League Austin Toros on Saturday, a day after he scored 17 points and handed 11 assists to lead the Toros over the Los Angeles D-Fenders 110-95. ... The Spurs are the only active NBA franchise that has an all-time .500 winning percentage or better against every other NBA team, courtesy of a Spurs' win over the Lakers in January. ... The Spurs-Lakers series is tied at 74-74. ... In their first meeting, Kawhi Leonard hit a late 3-pointer to lead the Spurs over the Cavs 96-95. ... Center Anderson Varejao was out for the Cavs. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, a wine connoisseur, was asked before the game about his drink recommendations to Cavs' coach Byron Scott. "I've sullied the reputation of many a coach with wine. I've gotten most everyone. But David Robinson is still pure."
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