Danny Green scored 19 points against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker added 19 points and five assists as San Antonio Spurs marched to their eighth straight win, 125-90 over the Cavaliers, who have lost eight games in a row.
The Spurs built a 22-point lead in the first half, and had an easy time dispatching the Cavs. Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili rested for most of the fourth quarter as their lead ballooned to 37 points.
Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 13 points for the Cavs in his return after missing one game with a sprained right shoulder. But even with their best player back, the Cavs followed up a 37-point loss at home to Milwaukee with a 35-point setback against the Spurs.
Antawn Jamison had 15 points for the Cavs, who have dropped 17 of 21 games and lost their past seven by an average of 22.3 points.
"We gotta turn it up as best we can," said Irving, who played with a protective brace on his shoulder. "What it boils down to is we just have to go out there and play.
The Spurs began a 16-games-in-23-days stretch to finish the lockout-shortened regular season, a grueling finish before the playoffs for any team, especially for one with so many veterans.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich wants to rest his regulars as much as possible, and a date with the Cavs provided the perfect opportunity to sit his starters. Duncan and Parker played only 23 minutes, and Ginobili 18, giving the Spurs' big three a chance to get ready for tomorrow's game in Boston.
"Obviously, we're on a back-to-back and we got a little rest for the second game," said Duncan, who took just six shots. "Perfect scenario? Pretty close."
Reserve guard Patrick Mills scored a season-high 20 points, Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter had 11 points apiece, DeJuan Blair finished with 10 points for San Antonio which has won 11 of 12 and took a tight grip on the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference behind the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Green made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the first half to help the Spurs open a 60-41 lead at the break.
The 6-foot-6 swingman has gone from being a Cleveland castoff to a regular rotation player with the Spurs.
"We had no expectations for him at the beginning of the season," Parker said of Green. "He's playing great in our system. He's knocking down shots and playing great defense. Sometimes I can relax a little when he takes over at point guard. I like Danny."
After a 3-pointer by Jamison tied it 16-all in the first quarter, the Spurs went to work. San Antonio scored 16 straight points in less than three minutes.
When the Cavs scored four quick points to open the second, Popovich called a timeout and spent the break ripping into his players, particularly Mills, who gave up an easy layup.
Parker scored six straight points during a 12-2 run in the third, and James Anderson, who didn't play at all in the first half, closed the quarter with a 3-pointer from the right corner to put San Antonio ahead 90-63.
The Spurs will face the Boston Celtics tomorrow night, for the second set of a back-to-back on the road.