Mar 4, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles behind his back against San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: San Antonio Spurs 122 , Cleveland Cavaliers 101

Final Outcome

The Cleveland Cavaliers were up by 10 points after the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs. But after their hot start, the Cavaliers were outclassed by the Spurs and slowly, but surely, they found themselves down by double-digits and out of the game. When the final horn sounded,

Key Play to the Game

Cleveland lost this game in the second quarter. The age spiraled out of control afterwards, but after being up by as many as 12, the Cavaliers found themselves down by 10 after two quarters. From there, the Cavaliers were never really in the game. It was as if the Spurs woke up after falling a trance and remembered that they are one of the NBA’s best teams. And frankly, the Cavaliers were outclassed. Not much you can do about that.

Wine & Gold MVP

If there was a bright spot tonight, it was that Dion Waiters played solid basketball and didn’t look particularly rusty in his first game back from injury. He struggled at times on defense, but he consistently attacked the rim even made several shots from deep. His 24 points weren’t enough, however, but Waiters unquestionably made his presence felt in his return. Center Spencer Hawes also deserves some love, as he finished 7-9 from the field and pulled down 13 rebounds.

Also: Anthony Bennett scored double-digit points. Baby steps.

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Up Next

The Cavaliers have Wednesday and Thursday off before taking on the Bobcats on Friday. The matchup, which will take place in Charlotte, is important for both teams. Both are in the thick of a tightly contested Eastern Conference playoff race and each game matters as the season goes on. Cleveland will be looking for their first win against the Bobcats since last season. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

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