The Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the best teams in the NBA, got beaten by the San Antonio Spurs, one of the worst teams in the league, on Monday night.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Spurs walked away with a big W, 112-111.
A one-point game is always a tough loss but it was even tougher for the Cavs because they came back from a huge deficit and almost pulled off the upset.
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— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) December 13, 2022
The Cavaliers were getting worked in the first half of the game.
They scored 49 points, landed 21 of their 50 field goal attempts, sank only 3 of their 15 three-pointers, and earned 7 assists.
The team was looking much better in the second half, with 62 points and 24-of-42 from the field.
But their three-point totals were still lacking and they only earned 2-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Even though they got better in the back half of the game, the damage had been done and the Cavaliers were taken down by one of the most disappointing teams in the entire league.
The Cavaliers just couldn’t slow down the Spurs.
San Antonio were all over the court and moved through everything the Cavs tried to do.
Keldon Johnson had 21 points and 6 rebounds, Tre Jones had 15 points and 4 rebounds, and Josh Richardson had a team-high 24 off the bench.
Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell was again the leader for the Cavaliers, with 28 points.
Darius Garland was good for 18 but he had a rough shooting night, with just 31.8% of his shots landing and only 1-of-6 from the three.
In the end, the Cavaliers had dug a hole for themselves that was so deep they couldn’t climb out of it, even with a strong second half.
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