Spurs inch closer to top seed in West
Manu Ginobili had 20 points, Stephen Jackson scored 13 in the fourth quarter and the host San Antonio Spurs routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-98 to extend their lead in the race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference.
With Tim Duncan sitting out, the Spurs held the Cavaliers without a basket for four minutes in the fourth quarter to turn a 12-point lead into a 102-82 advantage on a 3-pointer by Jackson with 5:11 left.
They have won seven straight and now hold a 1 ½-game lead over Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference following the Thunder’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Jackson scored 17 points and DeJuan Blair had 15 points and seven rebounds for San Antonio. As he has done sporadically this season, coach Gregg Popovich simply rested Duncan to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Antawn Jamison had 21 points and rookie Kyrie Irving had 19 for the Cavaliers, who are 4-16 in their last 20 games.