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NBA Roundup : Cleveland Ends Warriors’ Winning Streak at 8

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From Associated Press

Finally, the Golden State Warriors’ undersized lineup didn’t match up.

The Cleveland Cavaliers got 22 points and 10 rebounds from 6-foot 11-inch Larry Nance Monday night and snapped the Warriors’ 8-game winning streak, 142-109, at Richfield, Ohio.

“We went inside and used our height, got some easy baskets, and our height hurt them at the other end because we were able to block some shots,” Nance said. “They didn’t have the tall guys, so we were able to go inside.”

Cleveland set a club record for most points in a regulation game and established another team record in rebounds, posting a 68-39 advantage against Golden State.

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The Warriors, who announced before the game that 7-4 Ralph Sampson will return later this week after rehabilitation from arthroscopic knee surgery, had been successful playing 6-8 Larry Smith with four guards.

The Cavaliers have won 5 straight games and 12 in a row at home to tie a franchise record, improving their National Basketball Assn.-best won-lost totals to 30-7.

Nance scored 16 points as Cleveland built a 72-52 halftime lead.

Chris Mullin scored 27 points for the Warriors.

San Antonio 119, Miami 101--Willie Anderson had 26 points, 9 assists and 6 steals, and the Spurs snapped a 7-game losing streak by beating the Heat at San Antonio.

The Spurs used a 22-6 third-quarter run to blow open a tight game. An 8-0 surge at the end of that stretch gave San Antonio a 76-66 lead.

Miami, 1-18 on the road, scored only 12 third-quarter points, missing 14 of 19 shots and turning the ball over 9 times. Miami finished with 34 turnovers, one shy of its season high. San Antonio had a team-record 22 steals.

Grant Long scored 16 points for Miami.

Indiana 117, Denver 102--Herb Williams scored 21 points and had a team-record 29 rebounds as the Pacers downed the Nuggets at Indianapolis to snap a 5-game losing streak.

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Reggie Miller had 27 points for Indiana, including 3 3-point shots, 2 in the third quarter, when the Pacers outscored Denver, 38-16, to take a 97-70 lead.

Alex English scored 25 points for the Nuggets, who have lost 3 straight games.

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