Cavs vs. Spurs, Game 65
at Quicken Loans Arena
TV: Fox Sports Ohio, NBA TV
WHAT HAPPENED: It was a wildly entertaining and enriching victory for the Cavs, who were playing without center Shaquille O'Neal and forwards LeBron James and Antawn Jamison by the end of the game.
Jamison's left knee stiffened up on him in the third quarter and he came out. He'll have an MRI in the morning. The Cavs don't think it's serious, but with the way their season has been going, who knows?
James was held out of his second consecutive game against San Antonio. He missed his first game of the season on Saturday in Milwaukee with his sprained right ankle. Sitting on the bench on Monday, he probably chewed his fingernails down to nubs.
It made sense to hold him out of Monday's game. That way, he'll be able to get six days rest on his sprained right ankle.
The Cavs have a 5 1/2-game lead on Orlando for the best record in the Eastern Conference and a 3 1/2-game edge on the Los Angeles Lakers for the best mark in the NBA.
Guard Daniel Gibson missed four games because of the birth of his son, Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr., on March 2. He played against the Spurs.
The Cavs have won their last four games against the Spurs. San Antonio had a four-game winning streak snapped.
SF Jawad Williams (6-9, 220) vs. Keith Bogans (6-5, 215)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Tim Duncan (6-11, 260)
C J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Antonio McDyess (6-9, 245)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Manu Ginobili (6-6, 205)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. George Hill (6-2, 180)
Cavs - C Shaquille O'Neal (right thumb surgery), G Sebastian Telfair (ruptured groin), F LeBron James (sprained right ankle).
Spurs - None.
Joe Crawford, Olandis Poole, Zach Zarba