Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Darius Garland poured in 32 points to tie his season high as the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers held off the San Antonio Spurs 114-109 on Friday in the first of back-to-backs for both teams.

Player of the Game
Darius  Garland
EFF
30
Darius Garland
Points 32
Accuracy 11-25
Rebounds 4
Assists 8

The Cavaliers were up by five at the half but led just 104-103 after a free throw by Cedi Osman with 5:37 to play. The two teams went scoreless for more than three minutes before back-to-back dunks by Cleveland's Lauri Markkanen and Jarrett Allen provided the Cavaliers the cushion for the victory.

San Antonio missed seven consecutive shots from the floor and three free throws in the decisive fourth-quarter stretch.

Allen had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won three straight games and four of five on their ongoing six-game road trip. Evan Mobley added 15 points and Osman tallied 14 points.

Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Keldon Johnson added 18 points, Bryn Forbes had 15, Lonnie Walker IV scored 11 and Devin Vassell scored 10 points for San Antonio, which has dropped five consecutive games. Jakob Poeltl had 12 rebounds for the Spurs in the loss.

The Cavaliers rolled out of the gate and led by 35-26 after Kevin Love's hook shot at the end of the first quarter. Cleveland expanded its lead to as many as 11 points early in the second period before the Spurs rallied, forging a 15-5 run over 3 1/2 minutes late in the quarter to leapfrog to a 57-54 advantage.

Cleveland responded, ending the half by scoring the final eight points - including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Garland - to take a 64-59 advantage at the break.

Garland led all scorers with 16 points in the half, with Mobley adding 11 for the Cavaliers over the first 24 minutes of play. Cleveland outshot the Spurs 53.1 percent to 45.8 percent in the half and had 32 points in the paint to just 20 for San Antonio.

Murray paced San Antonio with 15 points and nine rebounds in the half.

The third quarter went back and forth with five lead changes before the Spurs carried an 86-84 lead to the final 12 minutes. San Antonio held the Cavaliers to 36.7 percent shooting in the period.

The Spurs host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday while Cleveland travels to Oklahoma City.

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San Antonio Spurs
Cleveland Cavaliers
46%
42/92
Field goals
48%
46/95
58
Rebounds
54
22
Assists
24
6
Steals
7
44%
15/34
3-pointers
40%
8/20
47%
27/58
2-pointers
51%
38/75

Best players

Dejounte  Murray
30 PTS
14/23 FG
1/3 FT
Darius  Garland
32 PTS
11/25 FG
6/6 FT
Dejounte  Murray
14 REB
12 DREB
2 OREB
Jarrett  Allen
16 REB
13 DREB
3 OREB
Dejounte  Murray
8 As
2 TO
36 MIN
Darius  Garland
8 As
1 TO
37 MIN
Dejounte  Murray
36 EFF
68% 2P%
25% 3P%
Darius  Garland
30 EFF
41% 2P%
50% 3P%