For the first time this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are not holding the top spot in the Eastern conference.
The San Antonio Spurs smashed the Cleveland Cavaliers, allowing only 74 points for the reigning champions — the fewest this season.
This caused a rotation at the top of the Eastern conference, the Boston Celtics are back to the number one position.
“They just looked so much faster than we are,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game. “They just beat us off the dribble, transition, just looking faster.”
LeBron James was concerned after the match because he saw many flaws in Cavaliers game.
“The way we were struggling, this is the last team you want to play,” James said after the blowout loss. “A well-oiled machine like this, they exploit everything you’re not doing well at this point in the season. We’re just not playing good basketball right now. We’ve got to figure it out.”
Cleveland has 47 victories and 25 defeats, while the team from Massachusetts has 48 wins but also has played one more game.
With 8 games until the end of the season, things are pretty messy in the Eastern conference.
At the halftime of the game at AT&T Center, the Spurs had a 24 point lead and the Cavaliers displayed a horrifying game for their fans. On the winning team, Leonard had 25 points — shooting 11 for 14 for two points and he was absolutely fantastic on both ends of the floor.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points each.
LeBron James scored 17 points. A wild Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving had 18 points combined.
The most dramatic game of the night was also played in Texas, only in Dallas where Russell Westbrook once more confirmed that he is the number one contender for the MVP title. He reached his 37th triple-double and he needs four more to achieve the record of 41 triple-double figure games in one season.
He scored 12 out of the last 14 points and the Thunder made a marvelous comeback because they were trailing 78-91 and in the end, they won 92-91.
Westbrook scored 37 points and had 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
He also made a decisive jumper, seven seconds before the match, which brought the lead to the visitors.
After the match, when he was asked about his relationship with Mark Cuban — who isn’t a big fan of Westbrook — claiming that the Oklahoma guard isn’t a superstar, Westbrook said that he didn’t want to convince Cuban of the opposite, but instead, he was just doing his job.
“Nah, man,” said Westbrook, who has 37 triple-doubles and needs four in the final nine games to tie Oscar Robertson’s 45-year-old NBA record.
“I play every night the same way. Whatever he says doesn’t even matter to me. He’s going to do his job, and I’m going to do mine.”