Kyrie Irving started strong and put the Cavaliers on his back down the stretch to carry them to victory. Irving scored 40 and tallied 11 of the Cavaliers' final 13 points to push Cleveland past the reeling Boston Celtics, 95-90, at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday. He missed just two shots in scoring 19 first quarter points and shot 16-of-24 for the night to help Cleveland rebound off its rough 1-4 road trip. Tristan Thompson followed with 21 points and nine rebounds in the victory. With the defeat, the inconsistent Celtics have tied a season-worst with their fourth consecutive loss following a six-game winning streak. Rajon Rondo scored a team-best 17 points along with 13 rebounds and eight assists. Paul Pierce scored 12, but shot a miserable 3-for-15 from the field. Kevin Garnett tallied 16 points in defeat.
Final Score: Detroit 105, Orlando 90
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Andre Drummond and Jason Maxiell each recorded double-doubles with 11 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Detroit Pistons past the struggling Orlando Magic, 105-90, on Tuesday. Brandon Knight led Detroit with 18 points and Greg Monroe chipped in 16 points and six boards for the Pistons, who have won two straight following a loss to the Knicks in London last Thursday. Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey donated 15 and 14 points, respectively. J.J. Redick scored a game-high 26 points on 9- of-10 shooting and netted five 3-pointers for the Magic, who have lost three straight and 14 of their last 16 games overall. Jameer Nelson contributed 14 points and nine assists in the defeat.
Final Score: Milwaukee 110, Philadelphia 102
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ersan Ilyasova scored 27 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and Brandon Jennings had 25 points and seven assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Monta Ellis scored 18 points to go with 10 assists and Mike Dunleavy added 11 points off the bench for the Bucks, who have won three straight. Evan Turner had 23 points and seven assists and Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped 19 of their last 26 games overall. Nick Young scored 20 points off the bench in the setback.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 109, LA Clippers 97
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant scored 13 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday in a battle of the NBA's elite. Durant was seemingly unconscious in the final frame, converting 5-of-6 field goal attempts and 3-of-3 from behind the arc over the final 12 minutes. The reining three-time scoring champion also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists for the Thunder, who improved to an NBA-best 33-9 with the win. Russell Westbrook added 26 points to go with six assists and Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and pulled down nine boards in the triumph. Blake Griffin notched a double-double with 31 points and 11 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 14 points and Eric Bledsoe added 12 points for the Clippers, who played without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for the fourth time in six games. Paul, who injured his right knee at the end of Los Angeles' 104-101 loss to the Magic on Jan. 12, played in the team's last two games. Paul scored 22 points and dished out 11 assists in Saturday's win over Washington, but struggled in Monday's setback to Golden State, scoring just four points on 1- of-7 shooting. With the loss, the Clippers (32-11) fall a 1/2 game behind the San Antonio Spurs (33-11) in the Western Conference standings.