The Cleveland Cavaliers invade San Antonio to face the defending champion Spurs in a game that could preview the NBA Finals.
After Tuesday’s 33-point win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Cavaliers continue their Texas two-step when they square off with the San Antonio Spurs tonight at the AT&T Center. Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Cleveland (41-25) is 12-1 in their last 13 games against Western Conference opponents, outscoring them by an average of 11.2 points per game (108.4-97.2) and outshooting them .470 to .420 over that stretch.
San Antonio (40-23) sits in the sixth spot in a competitive Western Conference and is averaging 112.2 points on 48.0 percent shooting in their last six games. The Spurs built a 26-point lead in their most recent matchup on Tuesday before holding on for a 117-107 home win over the Toronto Raptors.
The Spurs beat the then James-led Miami Heat in five games to capture the NBA title last season, winning each game by an average of 18 points. James then left South Beach to return to Cleveland in free agency.
San Antonio is unbeaten in the last 10 games against Cleveland and has won each of the previous five matchups in the Alamo City.
The Spurs are 4-0 on a six-game homestand, which resumed with a 117-107 triumph over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. Reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, while Tony Parker posted 23 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who shot 48.2 percent and have scored 100 or more points over the past six games.
San Antonio has won six in a row at home, is 12-1 in the past 13 as the host and will close out the stay Sunday versus Minnesota. It is jockeying for position in the crowded and competitive West
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