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Darius Garland shines as Cleveland Cavaliers beat San Antonio Spurs, end 5-game skid

Garland's 37 points were a career-high as the Cavs won for the first time since March 24.

SAN ANTONIO — Editor's Note: The above video aired on March 25, 2021

Darius Garland scored a career-high 37 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the San Antonio Spurs 125-101 on Monday night to snap a five-game skid.

Collin Sexton added 22 points for Cleveland. Isaiah Hartenstein scored a season-high 16, and Taurean Prince finished with 14.

San Antonio finished the longest homestand in franchise history at 2-7, dropping from seventh to ninth in the Western Conference. It marked the fourth time during the homestand that an opponent beat the Spurs to snap a losing streak.

DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for San Antonio. 

Cleveland entered the game as the league's lowest scoring team, averaging just 102.7 points, but had no trouble scoring against a lethargic San Antonio defense.

The Spurs were without starting point guard and defensive stalwart Dejounte Murray, who was a late scratch with a sore right foot. Murray averaged 38 minutes in San Antonio's previous games, a pair of overtime losses.

Garland took advantage, shooting 14 for 22 from the field, including 5 for 10 on 3-pointers.

Cleveland shot 52% in its first victory since defeating the Chicago Bulls on March 24. It was 12 for 34 on 3-pointers.

The Spurs started well, leading by eight points in the opening quarter, only to squander that advantage just as they did in their two previous losses. The Cavaliers built a 13-point lead in the second quarter and extended it to 32 points in the second half.

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Editor's Note: The below Locked On podcast is from April 1, 2021