Kyrie Irving back in NBA action and Cleveland Cavaliers win again

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Kyrie Irving made his long-awaited return to action as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight game.

It came at the expense of the NBA's worst team, the Philadelphia 76ers, whose season record stands at 1-28 following a 108-86 loss on Sunday.

Irving had been out since June with a broken kneecap sustained in the NBA Finals, and the three-time All-Star eased his way back with 12 points in 17 minutes on court.

LeBron James led scoring for Cleveland with a 23-point game.

Irving, on the team's website, said of his performance: " Obviously, the first game back we weren't trying to push it too hard and I just wanted to go out there and see how it felt. Staying on the bike until my number was called and then just being ready to play. That is where I am right now and hopefully every game I continue to progress and feel better."

The Miami Heat had 29 points from Chris Bosh in a 116-109 win against the Portland Trail Blazers, while Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves as they beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-85 at the Barclays Center.

A 26-point performance from Khris Middleton guided the Milwaukee Bucks to a 101-95 win against the Phoenix Suns, while the Sacramento Kings snapped a four-game losing skid by beating the Toronto Raptors 104-94.

In Orlando, the Magic fell 103-100 to the Atlanta Hawks, while Anthony Davis, despite falling ill at one stage, plundered 27 points in guiding the New Orleans Pelicans to a 130-125 victory in Denver against the Nuggets.

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