The Spurs were ahead by one point with 2.9 seconds left Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, but facing a situation that has been instant death for teams facing the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

The ball was in Kyrie Irving’s hands with the game on the line.

This time, Tony Parker made sure Fourth Quarter Kyrie couldn’t deliver.

The Spurs point guard pressured his young Cleveland counterpart, who slipped coming out of his break and was forced to throw up a stumbling 21-footer as time expired on a 96-95 Spurs victory.

“We just wanted Tony to pressure him as far as he could,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We didn’t want him to have the three he’s been shooting. We wanted him to have to drive it in some way, shape or form and have the help there.

“Fortunately for us, he slipped.”

A first-time All-Star who owns five game-winning baskets in his season-plus career, including two this season, Irving went 0 for 4 in the fourth quarter.

With Parker as his primary defender, Irving struggled for most of the game, going 2 of 15 from the floor. The NBA’s sixth-leading scorer at 23.9 points per game, Irving managed six against the Spurs, his fewest since scoring five against Washington in the penultimate game of last season.

Still, Parker wasn’t surprised when — after Kawhi Leonard’s corner 3-pointer put the Spurs ahead by one — Cavs coach Byron Scott opted to sink or swim with his 20-year-old scoring star.

“Kyrie’s been making big shots all season long,” Parker said. “I was expecting him to get the ball. He’s the type of player, even if he’s having a bad shooting night, he’s able to make that shot.”