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All-Star Garland drops 27 in return, leads Cavs past Spurs

San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray (5) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers' Rajon Rondo (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — Darius Garland scored 27 points in his return from a back injury and Caris LeVert added 11 in his debut for Cleveland, leading the Cavaliers to a 105-92 win over the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night in their last home game before hosting the All-Star Game.

Garland, who missed the past four games with a sore lower back, showed why he was selected as an All-Star for the first time.

He made 12 of 15 shots, added six assists, five rebounds and got Cleveland’s offense back on track.

Keldon Johnson scored 18 and All-Star Dejounte Murray 16 as the Spurs opened an eight-game road trip.


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