Kyrie Irving dazzles again late as Cavs stun Thunder
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and Marreese Speights racked up 31 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers upset the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-110, Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Despite having a poor record at 14-34, the Cavs have silently compiled victories against Western Conference elites.
On Saturday, the Cavs added another big time win against the reigning Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder to their list of high-profile victims, which include the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Irving was at the forefront once again, going 12-for-23 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Speights, who was acquired in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies two weeks ago, produced solid numbers off the bench while Tristan Thompson chalked up double-double numbers.
The Thunder controlled the lead through the first 24 minutes, but the Cavs turned things around in the second half by knocking down their shots along with solid defense to put pressure on the visiting team down the stretch.
Tied at 99 with 3:52 minutes left, Irving scored 13 of his total points, including a key three-pointer with 42.2 seconds left, to complete the stunning win over the Thunder. The win snapped the Cavs’ two-game slide.
Kevin Durant (35 points and 11 rebounds) and Serge Ibaka (18 points and 12 rebounds) each had double-double while Russell Westbrook added 28 points and 5 dimes in a rare losing effort by the Thunder (35-12).