Irving, Cavs hold off Thunder
NBA The Associated Press
Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2:52, and the Cleveland 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 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.
Knicks 120, Kings 81: Amare Stoudemire was 10-for-10 from the field for 21 points, and the Knicks unleashed a 38-4 run on Sacramento in the first half and went on to their 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.
It was an awesome display by New York in front of some special guests: 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School.
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Kings.
Rockets 109, Bobcats 95: James Harden had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, leading the Rockets to the victory.
Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Ramon Sessions had 20 points for Charlotte.
Bulls 93, Hawks 76: Luol Deng had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the short-handed Bulls used their stifling defense to shut down the Hawks.
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. The Bulls used only eight players for the second straight night, but it was more than enough for an impressive road win.
Taj Gibson had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Robinson scored 20 points.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 19 points and 13 rebounds but he scored only three points in the second half. Jeff Teague had 16 points, and Al Horford collected 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Timberwolves 115, Hornets 86: Dante Cunningham scored a season-high 18 points, Nikola Pekovic added 14 and Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak.
Anthony Davis scored 18 points for the Hornets, who played without Eric Gordon.
Spurs 96, Wizards 86: Tim Duncan sprained his left knee and right ankle in the first half of the Spurs' victory over Washington.
Tony Parker scored 19 points, Danny Green added 15 and Tiago Splitter had 12 for San Antonio (38-11).
John Wall scored 21 points and Martell Webster had 14 for Washington (11-35).
Bucks 107, Magic 98: Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Brandon Jennings had 20 as Milwaukee handed Orlando its ninth straight loss.
Ellis added 11 assist, and Larry Sanders had 17 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots for Milwaukee.
Nikola Vucevic had 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Orlando, and Maurice Harkless had 19 points and 14 rebounds. n