Published April 03, 2012
| Sports Network
Cleveland, OH – Danny Green and Tony Parker each scored 19 points, and San Antonio won its eighth straight contest with a 125-90 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Patty Mills scored a game-high 20 off the bench, making 4-of-5 three-point shots for the Southwest Division-leading Spurs, who moved within two games of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference. Winners in 11 of their last 12 games, the Spurs have a tough task on Wednesday, playing on the road against the Boston Celtics, a team that's on a five-game winning streak and is leading the Atlantic Division.
Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal each netted 11 points and DeJuan Blair scored 10 for the Spurs, who took control by scoring 16 in a row in the opening quarter. It was their largest margin of victory over the Cavaliers, surpassing a 130-100 triumph on Dec. 4, 1980.
Green and Parker combined to shoot 16-of-23 from the field, part of a 59.3 percent showing from the Spurs.
The Cavaliers, who suffered their eighth straight defeat, were led by Antawn Jamison's 15 points. Point guard Kyrie Irving (right shoulder sprain) returned to action after sitting out one game and had 13 points.
Parker scored nine points during a dominant first quarter for the Spurs, who raced to a 32-18 lead after 12 minutes. Jamison hit a three-pointer to tie it at 16 with 4:36 left, but missed the free throw for a chance at a four-point play. Parker's layup started the big 16-0 burst. Ginobili drained a three during the flurry, which ended on Neal's jumper inside the final minute.
A jump shot from Anthony Parker had the hosts within 38-29, but San Antonio made it a blowout with an ensuing 15-2 run. Green scored eight during the surge, hitting two shots from beyond the arc and the difference was 60-41 at the half.
James Anderson's three-pointer in the waning seconds of the third widened the gap to 90-63, and the Spurs were able to rest most of their starters in the final quarter.
Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson had successful surgery on Monday to repair a torn tendon in his left foot and ankle. He will miss the remainder of the season...After posting a 2-8 record in the first 10 road games on the season, the Spurs are 14-2 in their last 16 away contests...The Cavs have lost six in a row at home...San Antonio has won four straight in this series.