Kyrie Irving burns Thunder for 35 points in Cavaliers' 115-110 win
Irving, Cleveland's 20-year-old All-Star, scored 13 points in the final three minutes as the Cavaliers stunned the Thunder.
By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving wasn't just interested. He was incredible.
With one shot better than his last, Irving scored 35 points, including 13 in the final 2:52, as Cleveland stunned Oklahoma City 115-110 on Saturday.
One night after saying he was "disinterested" during a loss in Detroit, Irving single-handedly closed out one of the NBA's best teams, making his last five shots.
"He's a killer," said newly acquired Cavs forward Marreese Speights. "I knew a little about him, I didn't know that."
After Kevin Durant coolly buried a three-pointer to tie it at 108 with 1:26 remaining, Irving dribbled through the lane, bought some time with a ridiculous hesitation move and hit a layup. Durant missed a three-pointer with 59 seconds left, giving Irving a chance to ice it.
That he did, burying a long three-pointer from the top of the key over Russell Westbrook before clenching both fists in celebration.
"He's a closer," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "That's exactly what he did."
Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Westbrook had 28 for the Thunder, who came in with the league's best road record.
• Playing without injured starters Kirk Hinrich, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, Chicago got a lift from former Rainier Beach and UW star Nate Robinson, whose 20 points helped the Bulls to a 93-76 win at Atlanta.
• James Harden got his first career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as Houston won at home over Charlotte, 109-95.
Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken off the court on a stretcher after a fourth-quarter collision. Kidd-Gilchrist was fitted with a neck brace and taken to a hospital.
• Former Washington State star Klay Thompson scored 17 for Golden State, which beat visiting Phoenix, 113-93.
• San Antonio beat Washington 96-86, but lost Tim Duncan to a sprained left knee and right ankle in the first half. Duncan did not return.
• Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating after Dallas' loss to Golden State.