SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker had 24 points and the San Antonio Spurs used a furious start to the fourth quarter to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-95 on Thursday night, remaining undefeated at home this season and avenging their previous loss in their own building.
Kawhi Leonard added 20 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio, which has won 10 straight overall.
The Spurs extended their home winning streak to 23 games to begin the season. San Antonio has won 32 straight at home dating to 2015.
The team’s last loss at home came against the Cavaliers on March 12 last year when Kyrie Irving scored an NBA season-high and career-high 57 points in a 128-125 overtime victory.
Irving was limited to 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting this time, but the game was just as tense as last season.
The Spurs looked unsure on offense early, so they went to an old standard in Parker’s drives to the basket.
Parker scored the Spurs’ final 12 points to close the first half, sparking an offense that struggled against Cleveland’s active hands and rugged defense.
Leonard’s 3-pointer 4 minutes into the third quarter gave San Antonio its first lead at 57-55, capping an 11-0 run to open the period and a 19-5 spurt bridging the halves.
Cleveland coach David Blatt and the Cavaliers had an answer for everything the Spurs threw at them early.
Tim Duncan dove on the floor on the team’s opening possession to corral a loose ball and scoop it to Parker, who tossed it to Leonard for a dunk.
It was San Antonio’s lone basket in the first 3 1/2 minutes as the Cavaliers took advantage of San Antonio’s defenders collapsing on Irving and James to set up open outside shots.
San Antonio adjusted out of a timeout, so the Cavaliers used their muscle instead.
James upfaked, drawing a foul on Manu Ginobili off a made layup, and completed a three-point play. Thompson added a second three-point play on an alley-oop for a 26-13 lead.
Cavaliers: Cleveland is 22-5 against the Western Conference during the regular season dating to last season, including 8-4 this season. … The Cavaliers have won four games by 25 points or more this season, which is second only to the Spurs’ 10 such victories. … Thompson has appeared in 325 straight games, making him the NBA’s active leader after DeAndre Jordan sat out for the Clippers with pneumonia. Jordan had played in 360 consecutive games before missing Wednesday night’s home victory over Miami.
Spurs: Entering the game, San Antonio trailed for only 54 seconds of 264 minutes played during the fourth quarter at home this season. The Spurs trailed 88-85 against the Clippers to open the fourth but went on an 11-0 run to begin the quarter in a 115-107 victory. … Ginobili played in his 900th NBA game, all with the Spurs. … TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager received a standing ovation late in the first half when he was welcomed back to San Antonio. Sager also received a warm welcome during his in-game interview with coach Gregg Popovich, who put his arm around the longtime reporter. Sager returned to the sideline this season after twice battling cancer.
Cavaliers: At Houston on Friday night.
Spurs: Host Dallas on Sunday night.
This story has been corrected to show James scored 22 points.