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Spurs Defeat Cavaliers for 2-0 Lead in NBA Finals
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Tony Parker scored 30 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers 103-92 at home on Sunday in the National Basketball Association finals.

Manu Ginobili added 25 points and Tim Duncan contributed 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Spurs seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series, with Game 3 in Cleveland on Tuesday.

The Spurs led 58-33 at half-time, pushed the margin as large as89-60 with 12:50 to play.

LeBron James scored 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting and the Cavaliers took advantage of the Spurs starters resting for a 27-6 run to pull within 95-87 on a James 3-point play with 4:53 to go.

Ginobili hit a 3-pointer and added a free throw in the closing seconds to give the Spurs a 101-89 lead.

Parker scored 16 points while Duncan added 15 and Ginobili 12 to produce a 25-point half-time margin. The Spurs missed matching the 1985 Boston Celtics for the largest NBA Finals half-time lead of 30 points.

James went to the bench after committing two fouls in the first 2:55 and Cleveland never recovered.

The Cavaliers hit only 11-of-41 shots from the field in the first half, 26.8 percent, while the Spurs hit 21-of-38, 55.3 percent.

The Spurs seek their fourth crown in nine years. The Cavaliers, in their first NBA Finals, seek Cleveland's first major sports title since 1964.

(Xinhua News Agency June 11, 2007)

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