Cleveland - San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was so unhappy with his team's lackluster performance in Tuesday night's loss at Memphis, his postgame press conference lasted a mere 38 seconds.
After the Spurs became the first NBA team to reach 50 wins with a 109-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, Popovich was in a much better frame of mind.
“I think in general the whole group played to win the game as opposed to last night where they played just expecting something to happen without a focus,” he said.
The victory gave the Spurs (50-11) their 12th consecutive 50-win season.
George Hill tied a season high with 22 points to lead the Spurs, who bounced back from a 109-93 defeat against the Grizzlies and were playing their second game since point guard Tony Parker went out for two weeks with a calf injury.
San Antonio had five other players in double figures – including Tim Duncan, who had 16 points, and DeJuan Blair, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Fastbreaks : Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kenneth Freeman said Wednesday he wants jury selection in Elgin Baylor’s race and age discrimination lawsuit against the Los Angeles Clippers and the NBA to begin Friday or Monday. Veteran point guard Mike Bibby signed with the Heat after he cleared waivers and became a free agent. The Utah Jazz signed head coach Ty Corbin to a multiyear contract. The Boston Celtics signed 6-foot-11 free-agent forward Troy Murphy. Atlanta forward Josh Smith had an MRI on his right knee after injuring it in Tuesday night’s loss at Denver.