Irving scores 55 as Cavs top Blazers
CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record while LeBron James watched from the bench and leading Cleveland to its eighth consecutive victory, 99-94 over Portland on Wednesday night.
Irving took over with James sidelined because of a sprained right wrist. He buried a three-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to break a 94-94 tie, grabbed a rebound off a missed three by Portland's Damian Lillard, and as many in the crowd chanted "M-V-P" and James danced near the bench, Irving dropped two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to seal the victory.
Irving broke the scoring record at Quicken Loans Arena held by Allen Iverson. His total was also the highest in the league this season, bettering the 52 scored by Golden State's Klay Thompson and Minnesota's Mo Williams. James is considered doubtful for Friday's game against the Kings.
Former Timberwolf Kevin Love scored only 10 points on 3-for-15 shooting but did grab 12 rebounds.
•KNICKS STUN THUNDER: Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks beat Oklahoma City 100-92. Russell Westbrook scored 40 points on 13-of-30 shooting for the Thunder.
•ROCKETS GANG UP ON MAVS: Josh Smith's 18 points led six Rockets in double figures to beat the Mavericks 99-94 despite 33 points by Monta Ellis.
•RAPTORS RAVAGE KINGS: Lou Williams scored 27 points and Toronto made a season-high 17 three-pointers in a 119-102 victory over Sacramento.
•PARKER SPURS SPURS: Tony Parker scored 17 points and San Antonio Spurs overcame another lethargic third quarter to beat Charlotte 95-86.
•HAWKS WIN 17TH IN A ROW: Paul Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds as the Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games in a row with a 113-102 victory over Brooklyn.
•SIXERS STOP SKID: Robert Covington scored 19 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and 10 assists and the 76ers stopped a six-game losing streak with an 89-69 victory over the Pistons.
•CLIPPERS RALLY: Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and the Clippers used a fourth-quarter rally to beat Utah 94-89.
•DENVER HALTS FALL: Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and the Nuggets stopped a seven-game losing streak, beating New Orleans 93-85.
•KOBE OUT FOR SEASON: Kobe Bryant is officially done for the season after having surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff Wednesday, but the Lakers star is expected to return next season.