SAN ANTONIO, Sporting Alert – The San Antonio Spurs and the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in a classic NBA matchup live on TNT and TNT Overtime on Thursday night.
UPDATES: FOURTH QUARTER REPORT
The San Antonio Spurs defeated Cleveland Cavalier 99-95 to extend their home winning streak to 23-0 on Thursday night.
Tony Parker scored 24 points and Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks to lead the way for the Spurs (35-6) who shot 45.8 percent from the floor.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds, J.R. Smith had 17 points, Kyrie Irving ended with 16 points and Kevin Love had 10 points and 12 boards in the defeat for Cleveland (27-10) which fell to 12-9 on the road.
UPDATES: THIRD QUARTER REPORT
Cleveland leads San Antonio 73-72 at the end of the third quarter, with LeBron James leading the way with 16 points. J.R. Smith has 15, while Tristan Thompson ended the quarter with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving has 11 points and Kevin Love has seven points and 12 boards.
For the Spurs, Tony Parker has 20 points and Kawhi Leonard has 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
UPDATES: HALF TIME REPORT
The Cavaliers lead the Spurs 50-44 at halftime in their highlighted NBA clash in San Antonio. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 14 points and four rebounds, while J.R. Smith has 10 points. He scored all 10 in the first quarter.
Kevin Love has seven points and 10 rebounds.
Tony Parker leads the Spurs with a game-high 18 points.
J.R. Smith scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 2-of-2 from 3-pointers and the Cavaliers lead the Spurs 32-20 after the first quarter. Tristan Thompson has eight points and six rebounds so far.
For San Antonio, Tony Parker has six points, and Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili have four points each.
The Cavaliers shot 59 percent from the floor in the first quarter and are 3-of-3 from long range, while the Spurs have shot 40 percent.
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San Antonio (34-6) heads into this contest in search of its 10th successive win, while the hosts are undefeated at 22-0 at AT&T Center.
The Cavaliers (27-9) are on an eight-game winning streak heading into this game and will be hoping to keep that straight going and hand the Spurs their first defeat at home this season.
Last time these two teams met last March, the Cavaliers picked up a 128-125 overtime win after rallying from a double-digit deficit late in the game.
Cleveland, which is 12-8 on the road this season, is averaging 101.9 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the floor as a crew.
LeBron James is averaging 25.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game for the Cavs, while Kyrie Irving is averaging 16.5 ppg and Kevin Love, 16.2 ppg.
Kawhi Leonard leads the Spurs in scoring this season with 20.2 points per game, while LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per battle.
San Antonio is scoring 103.8 points per game, which is the sixth-highest in the league this season, while allowing 89.7 points per game, which is the best in the league.
The Spurs are also ranked 2nd in assists per game, with 25.5 per contest, and pulling down 45.3 rebounds per contest.