CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Last night Kyrie Irving sad that he “got disinterested” during the Cavs bad loss in Detroit.
Saturday night, he and the rest of the team regained their focus. Quickly.
The Cavs all-star was the catalyst in the fourth quarter
“I knew they would come out and play with more energy than last night,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “I was also curious, but I pretty much knew they would come out and play harder with a lot more energy.”
Irving hit for 13 points in the quarter, and got help from one of the new guys – Marreese Speights, who went off for 21 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes.
The game became a track meet with the two teams combining for 71 fourth quarter points. The Thunder are the highest scoring team in the league, and had to hold them off till Irving and the Cavs finally put the game away.
OKC was a league best 15-8 on the road entering the game vs the Cavs. It was just the second time this season the Thunder have lost a game after leading after three quarters, as they fall to 31-2.
Irving ended the night with 35 points, going 12 for 23 from the field. Kevin Durant had 32 points, but was 8-for-21 from the field in the contest.
Russell Westbrook got the Thunder back in it after the Cavs had an 8-point lead in the fourth, and ended the night 12-for-22 shooting.
The Cavs seemed to be playing catchup all night till Speights took over early in the fourth quarter, getting the Cavs a lead.
The Thunder would not go away, and it became a classic back and forth till Irving hit a three with Westbrook in his face to give the Cavs the lead for good.
The Cavs are in action on Wednesday, as they take on the Charlotte Bobcats.