SAN ANTONIO (AP) -LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat San Antonio 90-88 on Thursday night in the teams' first meeting since the Spurs swept the NBA finals last season.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 points, and Anderson Varejao scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Cleveland, which has won three in a row.
Manu Ginobili scored 31 points for the Spurs, and Tony Parker added 23 points but missed two free throws with 29.4 seconds to play that would have tied the game at 90.
Tim Duncan scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which has now lost four games at home and dropped to 5-5 in their last 10 overall. The Spurs swept the Cavaliers 4-0 in June's finals.
Duncan tied it at 88 before James' basket gave the Cavs a 90-88 lead with 33.6 seconds left. Parker, with a chance to tie, missed his two free throws and Ginobili's last-second attempt didn't fall.
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