Around the NBA: Kyrie Irving leads Cavs past Clippers

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Cavaliers 88, Clippers 82: Kyrie Irving, coming off the first scoreless game of his career, scored 20 points and host Cleveland defeated Los Angeles last night.

Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bynum added 18 points for Cleveland.

Irving, who didn’t score in a season-low 20 minutes on Friday against Atlanta, scored seven points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 15.7 seconds left to put the game away.

“I don’t care if he goes 0 for 30,” Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. “I want him to keep being aggressive. If he misses five in a row and he feels like he has a great look his next time, take it. We need him to score and that’s what he can do. He can score and he can play make for his teammates. Have a short memory.”

Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers, who have lost three of four. Chris Paul scored 13 points while DeAndre Jordan added 12.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao got into a confrontation with 2:21 to play that resulted in Varejao receiving a personal foul, while Griffin and Cleveland’s Jarrett Jack were hit with technical fouls.

Crawford’s three-pointer with 26.8 seconds left cut Cleveland’s lead to 85-82, but a free throw by Dion Waiters and two more by Irving pushed the lead to six.

LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS

Pacers 111, Spurs 100: Paul George scored 28 points and Indiana powered past host San Antonio, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs.

David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson added 15. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Manu Ginobili added 16, Tony Parker had 13 and Tim Duncan 10 for the Spurs, who have lost three of their past five.

Heat 103, Timberwolves 82: LeBron James had 21 points, eight assists and 14 rebounds, leading Miami over host Minnesota.

Dwyane Wade had 19 points and five rebounds in his return from a two-game absence. Kevin Martin scored 19 points for the Timberwolves.

Nuggets 103, 76ers 92: Jordan Hamilton hit three straight three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help Denver overcome a slow start for a win over host Philadelphia.

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