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NBA

Irving scores 35 points as Cleveland downs Oklahoma City 115-110

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2:52, and the Cavaliers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-110 on Saturday.

One night after saying he was "disinterested" during a loss in Detroit, Irving was simply spectacular down the stretch. He single-handedly closed out one of the NBA's best teams, making his last five shots and showing why he's an All-Star at age 20. Irving's biggest shot was a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left to make it 113-108.

Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had 28 for the Thunder, who came in 35-11 and with the league's best road record. Durant left briefly in the third quarter with an apparent back injury.

Marreese Speights scored 21 points, including eight straight in the fourth when Cleveland's reserves opened a lead.

Tristan Thompson added 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who had played poorly in consecutive losses to Golden State and Detroit.

With the Cavs trailing 101-100, Irving drew a foul and hit two free throws. On Cleveland's next possession, he drove and dropped in a layup to make it 104-101. Durant's two free throws brought the Thunder within one, but Irving, dribbling between his legs and around Oklahoma City's defenders, hit a floater from the baseline.

Westbrook scored seconds later, and after Thompson scored for Cleveland, Durant cooly buried a 3-pointer to tie it at 108 with 1:26 remaining.

Then, with a sold-out Quicken Loans quaking, Irving dribbled through the lane, bought some room with a ridiculous hesitiation move, and hit another layup. Durant missed a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left, giving Irving a chance to ice it.

And that he did, burying a long 3.



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