Cleveland takes on San Antonio, seeks to end 3-game slide
By The Associated Press
Cleveland Cavaliers (19-56, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (43-32, eighth in the Western Conference)
San Antonio; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland aims to break its three-game skid with a win over San Antonio.
The Spurs are 29-8 on their home court. San Antonio is 7-4 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.
The Cavaliers have gone 6-30 away from home. Cleveland is 6-39 in games decided by 10 points or more. The teams meet Thursday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: DeMar DeRozan is shooting 47.4 percent and averaging 21.5 points. Jakob Poeltl is shooting 65.6 percent and averaging 6.1 points over the last 10 games for San Antonio.
Kevin Love leads the Cavaliers averaging 17.6 points and is adding 11.4 rebounds. Collin Sexton has averaged 24.6 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 54.3 percent over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cavaliers: 3-7, averaging 109.4 points, 40.4 rebounds, 20.3 assists, 5.4 steals and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.8 points on 49.5 percent shooting.
Spurs: 7-3, averaging 111.3 points, 47.3 rebounds, 25.8 assists, 5.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting.
Spurs Injuries: Dejounte Murray: out for season (knee).
Cavaliers Injuries: Matthew Dellavedova: out (concussion), John Henson: out (wrist).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
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