‘Disinterested’ Irving Leads Cavs
Cleveland — Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2:52, as the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-110 last night.
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.
Bulls 93, Hawks 76
Atlanta — Luol Deng had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the short-handed Bulls used their stifling defense to shut down Atlanta.
Chicago dominated near the basket. Taj Gibson had 19 points and matched his career high with 18 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Chicago played without injured starters Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer. It used only eight players for the second straight game.
Knicks 120, Kings 81
New York — 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 clobbered the Kings 1for 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 and kept alive Mike Woodson’s chances of coaching the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Putting on an awesome display for the 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School who were their guests, the Knicks didn’t even need much from leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who tied a season low with nine points.
San Antonio — San Antonio Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan sprained his left knee and right ankle after getting tangled with an opponent and had to be helped off the court in the first half of last night’s game against the Wizards.
The severity of the injury was not known, though the team announced it was a sprain and that Duncan would not return to the game.
Duncan lay on the court clutching his knee for a few minutes after Washington forward Martell Webster rolled into the back of it while fighting for a rebound. Duncan got up on his own, but limped to the locker room with the assistance of teammates Stephen Jackson and DeJuan Blair.
The 14-time All-Star is averaging 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season.