CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 29 points and 10 assists, LeBron James netted his 21st double-double of the season, and the Cavaliers outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon, 107-91.
Irving has now scored at least 26 points in five of the past six games for the Cavs.
James, en route to his 25-point, 14-rebound performance in Sunday’s game, also became the first player in Cavs history to surpass the 20,000-point mark for the franchise.
Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland (32-14).
Both teams got off to a sluggish start, with Oklahoma City leading by three at the end of the first quarter.
However, a 15-2 run by Cleveland to close out the half gave the Cavaliers a 13-point advantage at the end of the second period.
The Cavs expanded the lead to 15 in the third quarter, but Oklahoma City began the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run to cut it to a seven-point game. The Cavaliers, however, managed to hold off the Thunder’s late rally, outscoring their opponent 25-16 the rest of the way.
Cleveland All-Star forward Kevin Love missed the second half of the game after experiencing back spasms at the end of the second quarter. Love, who battled back issues earlier this season, finished 0-for-4 with one point and eight rebounds in 12 minutes.
Oklahoma City (28-20) was led by Russell Westbrook, who finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, his 24th triple-double of the season.