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Kyrie Irving and LeBron James lead Cleveland to win; Clippers suffer second straight loss

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CAVALIERS (13-2) 112, SIXERS (4-13) 108

The Cavs' big three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all scored over 20 points as the champions survived another scare in Philadelphia to secure a win down the stretch.  

Irving led all scorers with a season-high 39 points, 19 of which came in the fourth quarter. James notched his 45th career triple-double and third of the season with 26 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

The Sixers had seven players in double figures, led by rookie Joel Embiid's 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks.

CLIPPERS (14-4) 70, PACERS (9-9) 91

Without Paul George, Indiana recorded their most impressive win of the campaign as they held one of the league's most potent offences to just 70 points.

In the relatively low-scoring affair, Glenn Robinson III and Myles Turner led all scorers with 17 points apiece as the Pacers' defence did a great job of stifling the Clippers.

Doc Rivers' team suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this year after also falling to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Blake Griffin recorded 16 points and Chris Paul struggled again, going 3-of-11 from the field for just 13 points.

NUGGETS (7-10) 120, SUNS (5-13) 114

Denver grabbed another win on the road with an impressive showing in Phoenix behind Wilson Chandler's 25 points.

Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson contributed with 21 points and Emmanuel Mudiay posted 19 points as the Nuggets fought off a Suns comeback.

For the home team, their dynamic backcourt of Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker finished with 35 points and 31 points respectively in the losing effort.

KINGS (7-10) 122, NETS (4-12) 105

DeMarcus Cousins recorded another monster night as he led Sacramento to a huge win at the Barclays Center. Boogie had 37 points and 11 rebounds, his 23rd career game with at least 35 and 10, which is the most in the NBA since he came into the league in 2010-11.

Rudy Gay almost posted a triple-double in the win as he put up 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Four of Brooklyn's starting five were in double figures, led by Brook Lopez's 22 points but it wasn't enough to prevent another loss for the New York-based franchise.

BUCKS (7-8) 104, MAGIC (6-11) 96

Behind 20 points from John Henson in his return to the starting line up, Milwaukee beat Orlando for the second time in a week and secured just their second road win.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points and nine rebounds and the Bucks got double-digit scoring from three reserves too, including Michael Beasley with 13.

The Magic were led by Evan Fournier's 27 points, with Serge Ibaka adding 19 points and Nicola Vucevic posting a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds off the bench. 

MAVERICKS (3-13) 91, PELICANS (6-12) 81

The Mavs ended an eight-game losing streak thanks to a big fourth quarter from Wesley Matthews. 

12 of his 21 points came in the fourth, including eight in a rally that gave the team a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Harrison Barnes led the home team with 23 points and Justin Anderson added 14 off the bench. 

Anthony Davis continued his outstanding individual season with 36 points and 13 rebounds, but his big numbers were once again in vein in another defeat for New Orleans.

ROCKETS (11-6) 130, TRAIL BLAZERS (9-10) 114

James Harden notched his seventh consecutive double-double and 14th of the campaign as Houston grabbed a big win in Oregon.  

The All-Star guard posted 38 points and 10 assists and was backed up well with four of his teammates also getting into double figures. Eric Gordon contributed 26 points off the bench, including six three-pointers.  

Portland's league-worst defence was exposed once again as they drop below .500. 28 points from C.J. McCollum and 27 from Damian Lillard were not enough to avoid the loss. 

LAKERS (9-9) 109, HAWKS (10-7) 94

The L.A. Lakers moved back to .500 after completing a season sweep over Atlanta. The Purple and Gold again showed why they have the league's highest-scoring bench as they poured in 65 points.

Lou Williams dropped 21 points off the bench, with 13 coming in the fourth quarter. Jordan Clarkson added 18 as the home team secured a brilliant win without D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.

In the second loss to Luke Walton's men in the same month, the Hawks were led in scoring by former Lakers Kent Bazemore (21 points) and Dwight Howard (19 points). The franchise has now lost five of its last six.

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Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
LeBron James
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