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LeBron James with last second turnover as the Spurs defeat the Cavaliers

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LeBron James had his first chance at redemption after last year's devastating finals collapse as the Cavaliers welcomed the reigning Champion San Antonio Spurs to Cleveland, however the contest would finish in heartbreaking fashion for the home team.

Manu Ginobili missed a free throw late in the fourth quarter which left the contest poised at 92-90 Spurs, with under ten seconds remaining in the contest, the ball found it's way to LeBron James who began powering up the court in order to get a last second shot off.

James began his dribble but was met by cluster of Spurs' players and lost the handle of the ball, he had recklessly steamrolled into oncoming defenders and San Antonio regained possession and ran out the clock, 92-90 win for the Spurs.

The game was unsurprisingly billed as James' first chance at payback against the Spurs since he returned home to Cleveland, the heightened importance of the game was realised after the climax when Tim Duncan admitted to how vital a win it was for the team.

However many experts had predicted an improving Cleveland team to struggle to stay with the Champion Spurs, through inspired play of Anderson Varejo and a raucous home crowd, the Cavaliers had a chance to win the game with a few seconds left.

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The game finished in a manner which seemed fitting despite its unfortunate nature, the team who dismantled James' former team in the NBA Finals, once again swarmed him late and ripped the opportunity of victory away from him.

James only mustered 15 points in the contest, 12 below his season average but passed brilliantly for nine assists along with six rebounds.

Anderson Varejo had a double-double whilst also leading all scorers in the game with a season high 23 points, he pulled 11 boards with some incredible effort on the offensive glass but wasn't enough to see the Cavs prevail.

Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw both added 19 points for the Spurs who move on to a 7-4 record in the Western Conference, all the while dropping the Cavaliers to a .500 record at 5-5.

Next up for the Cavaliers and LeBron James is the Eastern conference foe Wizards in Washington on Saturday, whilst the Spurs also are on the road Saturday as they will face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Here is the fateful play that ended the contest for the Cavaliers, James' losing the ball as the seconds tick down:

Topics:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
LeBron James

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