Irving has a career night as Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York Knicks

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Kyrie Irving had a career night as he helped the Cleveland Cavaliers overpower a struggling New York Knicks in what proved to be a game that went down to the wire.

Irving scored 37 points in the game as the Cavaliers ran out 90-87 winners and extended their win streak to five.

With all the eyes on the battle between Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, it was actually Irving who took the game by storm.

37 points, three rebounds and two assists surmised a great game for Irving who had his best career first half.

Scoring 23 points in the first half, Irving also got arguably the Cavaliers biggest bucket of the night.


Irving scored a two pointer with 0:10 left in the game to establish a three point lead and give the Knicks one last chance to force overtime.

It wasn't a one man show in Madison Square Garden however as LeBron James helped Irving out by having a 19 point game himself.

LeBron vs Melo

LeBron and Carmelo Anthony was the expected big match up before this one tipped off but both men were overshadowed by Irving.

LeBron however clearly won the duel of these two as he outscored Melo by 10 points on the night.

Anthony never really got into the game scoring just nine points and even missing the three pointer at the buzzer which would have taken the game into overtime.

But Anthony missed his big chance and saw three of his team-mates outscore him in the Knicks sixth straight defeat.

Cavaliers shock over?

Its fair to say that when the Cavaliers started so poorly this year, the majority of NBA fans were shocked to see the results they were having.

They struggled to establish a winning record early on but seem to have finally got their big three of Irving, LeBron and Kevin Love playing together.

They are now 10-7 and have won their previous five including an impressive game against the Milwaukee Bucks where Irving, Love and LeBron all scored over 25 points.

Cleveland remain in the fifth seed position in the Eastern Conference but face a very tough trip to the number one seed Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

The Knicks however, having slipped to their sixth straight defeat travel to the Charlotte Hornets in their next game.

New York are now third from bottom in the Eastern conference and will be hoping that Anthony can shape up for the rest of the season.

See highlights of Irving's night here:

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