CLEVELAND -- Tim Duncan made a 19-foot jumper just before the final horn sounded, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 94-92 victory over the Cavaliers last night.
Duncan missed his first seven shots and didn't score in the game's first 19 minutes. But with the game on the line, he took a pass from Tony Parker, gathered himself and calmly knocked down his shot without a hand in his face.
After going 0 for 7, Duncan went 9 for 10 from the floor and added 11 rebounds. Parker added 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists -- none bigger than his short pass to Duncan after drawing Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas on a pick-and-roll.
Ilgauskas had 26 points and LeBron James finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Cavaliers, who have lost four of five and are entering a tough stretch of upcoming games.
San Antonio's Manu Ginobli, who finished with 17 points, could have put the Spurs up by 4 points, but missed a pair of free throws with 19.2 seconds to go.
The Cavaliers called timeout and after an inbounds play, and Spurs center Rasho Nesterovic left Ilgauskas wide open underneath. James whipped a pass to Cleveland's big man, whose dunk tied it, 92-92, with 14.2 seconds to go.
With Duncan setting a pick near the top of the key on Jeff McInnis, Parker dribbled to the right side and when Ilgauskas drifted over, Parker passed the ball back to Duncan with more than two seconds left.
Cleveland's defense was late rotating toward Duncan, who had time to set his feet, measure the distance, and drill it. San Antonio's bench erupted onto the Gund Arena floor and swarmed Duncan.
After starting slowly in losses at Indiana and New Jersey, coach Paul Silas wanted the Cavaliers to come out with more energy. Cleveland's coaches reinforced the message by writing, "Start with desperation" on the locker room's erasable board. The Cavaliers followed orders as Ilgauskas scored 13 points in the first quarter, helping Cleveland take a 25-20 lead after one.
Duncan missed his first six field-goal attempts and was called for two fouls before going to the bench with 4:03 left in the first.