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Irving (40), Cavs stop Celtics

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 15 of his 40 in the fourth quarter, hitting several key late baskets, to lead the Cavaliers to a 95-90 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday night.

Irving had 11 points in the final 2:33 on four layups and three free throws to send Boston to its season-high fourth straight loss.

Irving set a career high for field goals made (16 of 24) and fell one point short of his career-best scoring total, set at New York on Dec. 15.

Boston's Paul Pierce, who scored 40 in a 103-91 win over the Cavaliers on Dec. 19, finished with 12 points on 3-for-15 shooting.

PISTONS BULLY MAGIC: Jason Maxiell, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for 38 points and 28 rebounds, and the host Pistons pulled away to beat the undersized Magic 105-90. Brandon Knight led Detroit with 18 points, while Monroe scored 16 and Drummond and Maxiell each had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Detroit had a 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds. Orlando's size issues were magnified when Glen Davis was benched for much of the second half after taking 15 first-half shots and grabbing just three rebounds. He attempted one shot the rest of the way and finished with 11 points. J.J. Redick led Orlando with 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting, hitting 5 of 6 3-pointers.

speights traded to cavs: In what coach Lionel Hollins called a business decision, the Grizzlies traded St. Petersburg's Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first-round pick to the Cavaliers for big man Jon Leuer, who is averaging 2.4 points in nine games. Memphis cleared about $6 million in salary and got below the luxury tax threshold. Speights, a former Gator, earns $4.2 million. He will help replace center Anderson Varejao, out for the season with a blood clot in his right lung. "I've been blessed to play for a team and a city that has embraced me," Speights wrote on Twitter.

KINGS SALE: Telling Seattle residents "don't celebrate too early," Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson introduced the first of his four-step plan to keep the Kings from moving. Johnson said 19 local investors pledged at least $1 million each to buy the franchise, and that a major partner will be revealed soon. His plan also includes demonstrating the city's commitment to a new downtown arena and showing the strength of the Sacramento market. The team's owners Sunday agreed to sell the Kings to a Seattle group, pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Suns' top assistants, Dan Majerle and Elston Turner, have not showed up for practices since they were passed over when player development director Lindsey Hunter was named interim coach Sunday. Majerle said he will not return. Hunter debuts against the Kings tonight, the first time he has been a coach in any capacity. He was a finalist for the Magic opening last year. … The Lakers started Earl Clark at forward in Pau Gasol's place in Monday's loss to the Bulls, a move that coach Mike D'Antoni said he will stick with. "I'm not excited about it," said Gasol, who does not plan to seek a trade. Meanwhile, center Dwight Howard, who shot 2 of 5, complained about not getting the ball: "I can't do what I do best with five shots." And Kobe Bryant said after Los Angeles dropped to sole possession of 12th in the Western Conference: "Obviously, this isn't working."

Cavaliers 95, Celtics 90

BOSTON (90): Pierce 3-15 5-6 12, Bass 4-7 0-0 8, Garnett 5-13 6-6 16, Rondo 7-17 3-4 17, Bradley 2-4 1-2 7, Sullinger 5-11 2-2 12, Terry 2-5 0-0 4, Green 1-3 2-2 5, Lee 3-9 0-0 9. Totals 32-84 19-22 90.

CLEVELAND (95): Gee 3-7 4-6 10, Thompson 9-18 3-3 21, Zeller 2-10 2-2 6, Irving 16-24 7-7 40, Waiters 3-12 0-0 7, Gibson 0-3 0-0 0, Walton 3-3 1-2 7, Livingston 0-2 2-2 2, Casspi 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 37-82 19-22 95.

Boston 27 26 20 17— 90

Cleveland 31 23 16 25— 95

3-Point GoalsBoston 7-17 (Lee 3-5, Bradley 2-2, Green 1-2, Pierce 1-4, Terry 0-2, Rondo 0-2), Cleveland 2-12 (Irving 1-3, Waiters 1-4, Gee 0-1, Casspi 0-1, Gibson 0-3). Fouled OutSullinger, Zeller. ReboundsBoston 55 (Rondo 13), Cleveland 48 (Zeller 10). AssistsBoston 24 (Rondo 8), Cleveland 28 (Walton 7). Total FoulsBoston 18, Cleveland 22. A14,192 (20,562).

Pistons 105, Magic 90

ORLANDO (90): Afflalo 0-4 0-0 0, Davis 4-16 3-4 11, Vucevic 5-10 0-0 10, Nelson 6-18 0-0 14, Redick 9-10 3-4 26, Nicholson 3-5 0-0 6, Harkless 2-3 0-0 4, Moore 4-7 0-0 9, McRoberts 0-3 0-0 0, Ayon 4-4 0-0 8, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, O'Quinn 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 38-84 6-8 90.

DETROIT (105): Prince 2-6 2-3 6, Maxiell 3-8 5-5 11, Monroe 6-12 4-6 16, Knight 7-17 1-2 18, Singler 3-4 0-0 6, Drummond 5-7 1-4 11, Stuckey 6-13 0-0 14, Bynum 7-14 1-1 15, Daye 0-2 0-0 0, Villanueva 2-6 0-0 6, English 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-91 14-21 105.

Orlando 25 27 14 24— 90

Detroit 26 28 28 23— 105

3-Point GoalsOrlando 8-20 (Redick 5-6, Nelson 2-10, Moore 1-2, McRoberts 0-1, Afflalo 0-1), Detroit 7-23 (Knight 3-7, Stuckey 2-5, Villanueva 2-5, Bynum 0-1, Singler 0-1, English 0-1, Prince 0-1, Daye 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 44 (Afflalo, Vucevic 9), Detroit 60 (Maxiell, Drummond 11). AssistsOrlando 27 (Nelson 9), Detroit 23 (Bynum 6). Total FoulsOrlando 20, Detroit 13. TechnicalsDavis, Orlando defensive three second. A11,798 (22,076).

Bucks 110, 76ers 102

PHILADELPHIA (102): Turner 8-19 3-4 23, T.Young 5-16 1-2 11, Allen 2-6 0-0 4, Holiday 3-12 3-4 9, Ivey 3-3 0-0 8, Hawes 10-16 1-1 21, N.Young 8-16 2-2 20, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkins 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 42-95 10-13 102.

MILWAUKEE (110): Mbah a Moute 2-6 1-4 5, Ilyasova 10-17 5-6 27, Sanders 4-10 1-2 9, Jennings 8-17 6-6 25, Ellis 7-10 4-6 18, Udoh 2-3 0-2 4, Dunleavy 4-7 1-3 11, Henson 4-7 1-2 9, Udrih 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 41-79 21-33 110.

Philadelphia 18 29 24 31— 102

Milwaukee 28 27 28 27— 110

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 8-16 (Turner 4-7, Ivey 2-2, N.Young 2-5, Holiday 0-1, Hawes 0-1), Milwaukee 7-16 (Jennings 3-6, Dunleavy 2-4, Ilyasova 2-4, Ellis 0-1, Udrih 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 56 (Hawes 12), Milwaukee 50 (Ilyasova 16). AssistsPhiladelphia 29 (Holiday 12), Milwaukee 24 (Ellis 10). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 22, Milwaukee 13. A13,080 (18,717).

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