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NBA: Donovan Mitchell, Cavaliers topple Spurs for 7th straight win

/ 12:27 PM February 14, 2023

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Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the game at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 13, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Spurs 117-109. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Donovan Mitchell sank six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 41 points to lead the host Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh consecutive win, a 117-109 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Cleveland nearly led for the entire game, pushing its advantage to as many as 21 points thanks in part to a 29-15 edge in points off turnovers, despite committing just two fewer than the Spurs’ 16 giveaways.

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San Antonio, which lost its 13th game in a row, cut the gap to as few as four points in the fourth quarter.

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Keldon Johnson’s 25 points led the Spurs, who had all five starters score in double figures. Malaki Branham scored 18 points, Keita Bates-Diop added 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, Zach Collins finished with 11 points, five rebounds and six assists and Jeremy Sochan chipped in 10 points.

Devonte’ Graham, recently acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans, came off the bench to score 12 points for San Antonio. The Spurs’ 109 points were the second-highest point total the Cavaliers’ defense has allowed during their ongoing winning streak.

The balanced scoring wasn’t enough for San Antonio, however, which dropped to 0-5 on its annual Rodeo Road Trip. The Spurs could not weather an efficient shooting performance from the field from Cleveland, which shot 56.4 percent (44 of 78).

San Antonio pulled within 95-91 with 9:16 left to play when Charles Bassey made a layup, but the Cavs responded with six unanswered points — all off free throws — to essentially put the game away.

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Mitchell’s 6-of-13 shooting from deep gave him almost as many triples as San Antonio’s entire lineup, which finished the night 8 of 21 from beyond the arc.

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Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen notched 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Frontcourt mate Evan Mobley scored 15 points and snared nine rebounds.

Cleveland also got 16 points and seven assists from Darius Garland in the win.

The Cavaliers are one win away from matching their longest streak of the season.

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