San Antonio shoots 84 percent from field in first half

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs didn't give LeBron
James a chance to match Tracy McGrady.

The Spurs, coming off a loss in Houston after McGrady scored 13
points in the final 35 seconds, shot a season-best 66 percent from
the floor while beating Cleveland 116-97 on Saturday night.

Tim Duncan went 13-for-15 and finished with 34 points.

San Antonio, which had lost two straight, made 26 of its 31
shots (84 percent) in the first half to take a 69-45 lead.

"We wanted to jump on them early and get the last game out of
our minds," Duncan said. "Things were really going down for us in
the first half."

After faltering offensively in the third, the Spurs made 10 of
their 15 attempts in the final period.

"It's almost impossible when a team is shooting that well,"
Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "But I do like the way we
competed in the second half."

The Cavs, coming off a 113-85 loss to Chicago on Wednesday
night, got as close as 99-85 on James' 3-pointer with 7:22
remaining. But Bruce Bowen then made a 12-footer and back-to-back
3-pointers for San Antonio.

Cleveland shot 59 percent in the fourth quarter, its best of the

"A lot of teams would have packed it in and lost by 50, but we
kept fighting," said James, who scored 23 points and matched his
season high of 10 assists.

Bowen finished with 20 points, and Tony Parker added 18 points
and had a season-high 13 assists.

Cleveland's Drew Gooden scored 28 points, his best outing this

A layup by James gave Cleveland its biggest lead of the game at

Bowen made a 17-foot jumper to start a 18-4 run for San Antonio,
who pushed the ball at every opportunity against the Cavs' shaky
transition defense.

In the game, the Spurs outscored Cleveland on fast breaks 25-6.

"We have athletes that can get up and down the floor," San
Antonio's Malik Rose said of the running game. "If we can get an
extra six, eight or 10 points on the fast break, it just makes us
more dangerous."

The Spurs missed two shots in the first 3 minutes of the game,
and then they went 10-for-11 over the next 10 minutes to build a
34-21 lead.

On one of those baskets, Duncan grabbed a rebound and headed
upcourt. Near the Spurs' free-throw line, the 6-foot-11 forward
made a quick move to his left that froze James and then he drove in
for a layup and a foul.

San Antonio did more of the same in the second, only better. The
Spurs made 15 of their 17 attempts in the quarter to get their lead
up to 26 points just before the break.

Duncan missed but one of his 12 shots and finished the half with
25 points, and Parker had 10 assists in the first two periods.

Game notes
The Spurs' previous shooting best this season was 59
percent against Utah. ... San Antonio's previous record for a half
was 78.1 percent, set in 1988 against New York. ... The Cavs have
lost only once in nine home games, but they are 4-7 on the road.
... Cleveland guard Lucious Harris was not in uniform because of a
bruised knee.

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