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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spurs, Cavs Sink to a New Near-Low

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Baskets were few and far between as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 64-59 in the second-lowest scoring game in modern NBA history.


Since the inception of the shot clock in 1954, only one game has featured fewer combined points and that was in 1955 -- a 62-57 win by the Boston Celtics over the Milwaukee Hawks.


Vernon Maxwell and Avery Johnson scored 10 points apiece for the Spurs, who made just two field goals in the fourth quarter, in which San Antonio outscored Cleveland 11-10, eclipsing the record low of 23 combined points, set four times.


Tyrone Hill, who had two of Cleveland's three fourth-quarter buckets, led the Cavs with 16 points.


San Antonio went nearly eight minutes without scoring in the laughable fourth quarter. But during that time Cleveland could manage only a pair of layups by Hill.


The Spurs shot 37 percent (25-for-67) from the field, while Cleveland missed 55 shots, going 25-for-80 -- the lowest shooting percentage (31 percent) ever allowed by the Spurs.


"I don't care if we score 23 points as long as the other team has 21," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.


Bulls 94, Mavericks 92. In Chicago, Steve Kerr and Michael Jordan scored 20 points each as the Bulls edged the Dallas Mavericks 94-92.


Dennis Rodman grabbed 21 rebounds for the Bulls, who reached 60 wins. Chicago must go 10-3 in their last 13 games to reach 70 victories for the second successive season.


Michael Finley led Dallas, scoring 18 of his 28 points in the first half, which ended in a 52-52 tie.


Dallas led 78-71 entering the fourth quarter, but Chicago went on a 15-2 tear, sparked by a pair of Kerr 3-pointers.


Hawks 96, Trail Blazers 89. In Atlanta, Steve Smith scored 27 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 24 and 12 rebounds to lead the Hawks to a 96-89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.


Mookie Blaylock chipped in 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Atlanta, winners of five in a row.


Isaiah Rider scored 22 points and Kenny Anderson had 15 and nine assists for Portland, which clinched a playoff berth despite the loss because the Sacramento Kings lost.


The Trail Blazers have made the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season, the longest current streak in the NBA.


Rockets 112, Minnesota 103. In Houston, Hakeem Olajuwon poured in 39 points and Kevin Willis added 28 as the Rockets overcame the loss of Clyde Drexler to post a 112-103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Drexler went down with a sprained right ankle midway through the third quarter when he landed awkwardly. Olajuwon also had 11 rebounds and six blocks and Willis grabbed 14 rebounds.


Stephon Marbury scored 16 points and Dean Garrett and Sam Mitchell added 15 points apiece for Minnesota, losers of nine of its last 13 games.


Magic 114, Kings 103. In Orlando, Penny Hardaway scored 30 points and Rony Seikaly added 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Magic grabbed a big early lead and cruised to a 114-103 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.


Horace Grant and Dennis Scott added 13 each for Orlando, which never trailed after the opening minute and had six players score in double figures.


Mitch Richmond scored 34 points for the Kings, who have lost nine of their last 10 games.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)