Basketball: Spurs snap Cavaliers' winning streak, remain perfect at home

Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs high fives teammate LaMarcus Aldridge.
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs high fives teammate LaMarcus Aldridge.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The San Antonio Spurs remained unbeaten at home this season, surging late to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-95 in a National Basketball Association heavyweight showdown on Thursday.

Point guard Tony Parker scored 24 points and Kawhi Leonard added 20 as the Spurs improved to 23-0 at home this season - and won their 32nd straight game at the AT&T Center in a streak of dominance dating back to March 12 last year, when they fell in overtime to the Cavs.

Parker scored 18 of his points in the first half, helping the Spurs stay afloat in the face of a strong Cleveland start.

Leonard took over after the interval, scoring 16 points in the second half and also holding Cleveland superstar LeBron James to seven points after half-time.

Leonard also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

Reserve forward David West scored 13 points, including two big baskets in the first 1:07 of the fourth quarter as the Spurs took the lead for good.

Cleveland, who fell to 27-10, saw their eight-game winning streak snapped despite having all five starters score in double figures.

That started with 23 points from James, with centre Tristan Thompson adding a season-high 18 points and 13 rebounds.

At 35-6 the Spurs are second in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors.