LeBron leaves diversion early as Spurs idle Cavs

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Dissecting a chances that a Cleveland Cavaliers can repeat as champions.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and a San Antonio Spurs distant a bum Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that incited into a vital letdown for a fortifying NBA champions.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol combined 14 points every for a Spurs, who won their fifth straight.

Cleveland (47-26) forsaken a second in a row, set a deteriorate low for points and fell a half-game behind Boston (48-26) for a tip seed in a Eastern Conference playoffs.

Cavaliers star LeBron James was harmed late in a third entertain after holding an bend to a bottom of his neck. He remained on a dais for a while receiving medical attention, afterwards headed toward a locker room and didn’t lapse to a game.

His standing was not immediately known.

Cleveland has been out of sync recently, losing 3 of five, and those struggles usually got worse opposite San Antonio. The Spurs led by as many as 33 points to a pleasure of a sold-out crowd.

San Antonio (57-16) is dual games behind Golden State (59-14) for a league’s best record entering a home showdown with a Warriors on Wednesday.

Cleveland opted to play a stars rather than lay them for rest, though a contingent of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat out a fourth entertain of a second subjection in a past dual weeks.

James exited with 25 seconds remaining in a third after holding an bend to his neck from David Lee on a rebound. James ceaselessly burnished a area before collapsing after he crossed midcourt and remained on a building for about a notation before walking unassisted to a bench. He left for a locker room early in a fourth entertain during a timeout.

James finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in 29 minutes.

The Spurs hold a Cavaliers scoreless for 3 mins after San Antonio manager Gregg Popovich was released a technical tainted during a timeout with 6:38 remaining in a initial half.

Leonard strike a right-handed curtain as a second entertain sealed to give a Spurs a 64-40 lead.

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TIP-INS: Spurs — San Antonio is holding a opponents to an normal of reduction than 100 points for a 22nd true season. … Danny Green tied his deteriorate high with 4 blocked shots. … Leonard has scored in double total in 100 true games.

Cavaliers — Cleveland finished a report opposite a West, finishing 16-14. In further to losing to a Spurs by 29 points, a Cavaliers mislaid by 35 to Golden State and 30 to a Los Angeles Clippers. … Kyle Korver missed his third true diversion with a bruise left foot, and a group skeleton to lay him for several games to see if rest and diagnosis helps. Korver will lay out Thursday in Chicago and Friday during home opposite Philadelphia before being re-evaluated, a group orator said. The sharpened dilettante missed 7 games progressing this month with an delirious tendon in his foot. … Iman Shumpert missed his second uninterrupted diversion with a bruise right knee. … James needs 24 points to pass Shaquille O’Neal for seventh altogether in career scoring. O’Neal has 28,596 career points. … The Cavaliers averaged 116.3 points in their prior 4 games.

UP NEXT: Cavaliers during a Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Spurs horde a Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

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