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Published: Wednesday, 1/23/2013

Irving’s 40 helps Cavs stop Celtics

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Tristan Thompson dunks for two of his 21 points against the Celtics. Kyrie Irving scored 40 points as Cleveland won. Tristan Thompson dunks for two of his 21 points against the Celtics. Kyrie Irving scored 40 points as Cleveland won.
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CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 15 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, including several key late baskets, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 95-90 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Irving scored 11 points in the final 2:33 on four layups and three free throws to give Cleveland back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season and send Boston to its season-high fourth straight loss.

Irving shot 16 for 24 — setting a career high for field goals made — and fell one point short of his career-best scoring total, set at New York on Dec. 15.

Tristan Thompson added 21 points for the Cavaliers.

Rajon Rondo led Boston with 17 points.

CAVS MAKE TRADE: Memphis traded Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby, and a future first-round draft pick to Cleveland for Jon Leuer.

The trade is the first big move by the Grizzlies' new ownership and clears about $6 million in salary in getting Memphis under the luxury tax threshold this season.



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