Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2:52, and the Cavaliers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-110, Saturday night in Cleveland.
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. Durant left briefly in the third quarter with an apparent back injury.
Marreese Speights scored 21 points, including 8 straight in the fourth when Cleveland’s reserves opened a lead.
Tristan Thompson added 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who had played so poorly in consecutive losses to Golden State and Detroit.
Bulls 93, Hawks 76 — Luol Deng had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and shorthanded Chicago used its stifling defense to shut down host Atlanta.
Playing without injured starters Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer, Chicago dominated near the basket and got a lift from the frenetic play of Nate Robinson.
Knicks 120, Kings 81 — Amar’e Stoudemire was 10 for 10 from the field for 21 points, and host New York unleashed a 38-4 run on Sacramento in the first half en route to its fourth straight victory.
The Knicks actually trailed by 10 when Stoudemire entered in the first quarter, then went on to challenge the franchise-record victory margin of 48 points and kept alive Mike Woodson’s chances of coaching the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Spurs 96, Wizards 86 — Tim Duncan sprained his left knee and right ankle in the first half of host San Antonio’s victory over Washington.
Tony Parker scored 19 points, Danny Green added 15, and Tiago Splitter had 12 for San Antonio.
Rockets 109, Bobcats 95 — James Harden had 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists for his first career triple-double in Houston’s victory over visiting Charlotte.
Timberwolves 115, Hornets 86 — Dante Cunningham scored a season-high 18 points, Nikola Pekovic added 14, and host Minnesota beat New Orleans to stop its six-game losing streak.
Bucks 107, Magic 98 — Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Brandon Jennings had 20 as host Milwaukee handed Orlando its ninth straight loss.