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Irving takes over as LeBron sits in Cavs win

Kyrie Irving, working against Raymond Felton, scores 33 and the Cavs hold off a late Mavs rally.

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Kyrie Irving, working against Raymond Felton, scores 33 and the Cavs hold off a late Mavs rally.

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving scored 33 and made a key steal in the closing seconds, leading the Cavaliers —without resting LeBron James — to a 99-98 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

James was given the night off as coach Tyronn Lue keeps his starters fresh for the playoffs. The Cavs hardly missed their star until the Mavericks stormed back from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Dallas had several chances to take the lead, but missed two open 3-pointers and had a turnover before Irving stole a pass intended for Dirk Nowitzki with 2.9 seconds left. Irving was fouled and made two free throws. Dallas' Deron Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs, who are 4-12 in games without James over the past two seasons.

Nowitzki and David Lee scored 20 apiece for the Mavericks, losers of six of seven.

Cleveland just returned from a four-game trip out West and the Cavs will hit the road again later this week at Orlando and Miami. Lue intends to play James in both games in Florida.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum each scored 26 and the Hornets beat the Magic 107-99 to finish their homestand with a 6-1 record. Charlotte's Cody Zeller had his fourth double double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Orlando's Victor Oladipo had 15 of his 25 points in the first quarter. … Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in just over three quarters, helping the Thunder cruise to a 130-109 victory over the Celtics. It was Boston's most lopsided home loss this season. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and Enes Kanter had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 29 points.

LAKERS LOW: The Lakers lost to the visiting Kings 106-98 Tuesday night, getting swept in a season series by Sacramento for the first time in Kings franchise history, dating to the 1948-49 Rochester Royals. Sacramento, which won all four games this season, has won eight of the last nine against Los Angeles after losing 16 of the previous 21. The Lakers, who were booed starting in the first quarter Tuesday, are in a 5-23 skid and with 14 games to play are within seven losses of matching the worst season in franchise history.

Cavaliers 99, Mavs 98

DALLAS (98): Matthews 1-4 3-3 5, Parsons 3-9 0-0 6, Nowitzki 7-17 5-6 20, D.Williams 1-5 1-2 4, Felton 3-6 0-0 6, Lee 8-11 4-4 20, Harris 2-6 0-0 6, Barea 7-10 0-0 17, Anderson 1-4 2-2 4, Powell 1-1 0-0 2, Pachulia 3-6 2-2 8. Totals 37-79 17-19 98.

CLEVELAND (99): Shumpert 1-2 0-0 2, Love 8-19 5-6 23, Thompson 0-2 0-0 0, Irving 13-28 4-4 33, Smith 6-17 0-0 13, Jefferson 2-5 1-1 6, Dellavedova 4-8 0-1 8, Frye 5-7 1-1 14. Totals 39-88 11-13 99.

Dallas 28 23 17 30— 98

Cleveland 31 26 27 15— 99

3-Point GoalsDallas 7-22 (Barea 3-3, Harris 2-3, D.Williams 1-2, Nowitzki 1-6, Anderson 0-1, Felton 0-2, Matthews 0-2, Parsons 0-3), Cleveland 10-36 (Frye 3-5, Irving 3-9, Love 2-6, Jefferson 1-4, Smith 1-8, Dellavedova 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 38 (Harris 6), Cleveland 57 (Love 18). AssistsDallas 24 (Parsons 10), Cleveland 21 (Dellavedova 7). Total FoulsDallas 18, Cleveland 19. A20,562 (20,562).

Hornets 107, Magic 99

ORLANDO (99): Fournier 4-11 1-2 9, Gordon 0-3 0-0 0, Dedmon 0-1 1-2 1, Jennings 5-11 3-3 16, Oladipo 10-18 3-4 25, Nicholson 5-10 2-2 13, Smith 2-11 4-4 8, Hezonja 5-10 0-0 11, Watson 1-3 4-4 7, Marble 3-5 0-0 9. Totals 35-83 18-21 99.

CHARLOTTE (107): Batum 10-17 3-4 26, Williams 10-21 2-2 26, Zeller 5-7 3-4 13, Walker 6-16 1-2 16, Lee 2-9 1-1 6, Jefferson 3-12 1-2 7, Lin 2-7 1-2 5, Daniels 1-6 0-0 2, Kaminsky 1-5 4-4 6. Totals 40-100 16-21 107.

Orlando 30 13 28 28— 99

Charlotte 26 35 31 15— 107

3-Point GoalsOrlando 11-25 (Marble 3-3, Jennings 3-7, Oladipo 2-4, Watson 1-1, Nicholson 1-2, Hezonja 1-3, Fournier 0-5), Charlotte 11-37 (Williams 4-10, Batum 3-6, Walker 3-6, Lee 1-5, Kaminsky 0-1, Lin 0-4, Daniels 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOrlando 46 (Jennings 8), Charlotte 70 (Zeller 13). AssistsOrlando 23 (Watson 7), Charlotte 23 (Batum 9). Total FoulsOrlando 20, Charlotte 12. TechnicalsCharlotte defensive three second. A16,148 (19,077).

Thunder 130, Celtics 109

OKLAHOMA CITY (130): Durant 9-19 8-9 28, Ibaka 5-11 2-2 14, Adams 2-3 1-2 5, Westbrook 8-16 4-8 24, Roberson 2-2 0-0 4, Singler 4-7 0-0 8, Kanter 7-15 3-3 17, Foye 4-6 2-2 13, Payne 2-8 2-2 6, Waiters 1-5 2-2 5, Morrow 2-3 0-0 4, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Mohammed 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 47-96 24-30 130.

BOSTON (109): Smart 1-10 0-0 2, Johnson 5-7 1-1 11, Sullinger 6-12 0-0 12, Thomas 11-19 4-5 29, Bradley 5-11 4-5 14, Olynyk 1-7 6-7 8, Turner 2-6 0-0 4, Young 0-3 0-0 0, Zeller 5-9 6-6 16, Clarke 0-0 0-0 0, Rozier 1-3 2-2 5, Hunter 1-3 0-0 3, Mickey 2-3 1-1 5. Totals 40-93 24-27 109.

Oklahoma City 35 31 42 22— 130

Boston 30 25 26 28— 109

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 12-29 (Westbrook 4-7, Foye 3-5, Ibaka 2-4, Durant 2-5, Waiters 1-2, Kanter 0-1, Morrow 0-1, Payne 0-2, Singler 0-2), Boston 5-19 (Thomas 3-4, Rozier 1-1, Hunter 1-3, Turner 0-1, Bradley 0-1, Olynyk 0-2, Young 0-3, Smart 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 64 (Kanter 12), Boston 47 (Johnson 12). AssistsOklahoma City 23 (Durant 9), Boston 17 (Johnson 5). Total FoulsOklahoma City 24, Boston 22. TechnicalsDurant. A18,624 (18,624).

Wizards 117, Bulls 96

CHICAGO (96): Dunleavy 0-4 0-0 0, Mirotic 3-6 0-0 7, Gibson 1-4 1-1 3, Rose 7-19 2-2 16, Butler 4-12 9-11 17, Portis 3-8 2-2 8, McDermott 6-10 5-5 20, Moore 1-4 0-0 2, Holiday 6-10 0-0 13, Felicio 1-4 0-0 2, Brooks 3-6 1-2 8, Snell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-87 20-23 96.

WASHINGTON (117): Porter 5-9 1-2 14, Morris 5-8 0-0 11, Nene 4-7 4-8 12, Wall 11-19 5-6 29, Beal 7-17 5-5 20, Hickson 0-3 2-2 2, Temple 5-8 0-0 15, Dudley 1-3 0-0 2, Gortat 4-9 1-1 9, Sessions 0-4 0-0 0, Thornton 1-1 0-0 3, Oubre Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-88 18-24 117.

Chicago 25 27 22 22— 96

Washington 32 31 29 25— 117

3-Point GoalsChicago 6-20 (McDermott 3-6, Brooks 1-2, Holiday 1-2, Mirotic 1-3, Portis 0-1, Rose 0-1, Butler 0-2, Dunleavy 0-3), Washington 13-21 (Temple 5-6, Porter 3-4, Wall 2-3, Thornton 1-1, Morris 1-2, Beal 1-3, Dudley 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 49 (Butler, Holiday, Felicio 6), Washington 57 (Wall 10). AssistsChicago 20 (Rose 4), Washington 25 (Wall 12). Total FoulsChicago 20, Washington 19. TechnicalsWashington defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—Beal. A19,556 (20,308).

Hawks 118, Pistons 114

ATLANTA (118): Bazemore 5-9 3-4 15, Millsap 6-15 1-3 13, Horford 9-15 1-2 21, Teague 4-10 12-13 22, Korver 1-5 1-1 4, Humphries 3-6 0-0 7, Sefolosha 2-7 4-5 9, Hardaway Jr. 1-3 2-2 5, Schroder 6-13 4-4 18, Scott 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 39-89 28-34 118.

DETROIT (114): Harris 6-12 5-5 19, Morris 5-10 3-3 14, Drummond 5-12 8-17 18, Jackson 7-17 3-3 17, Caldwell-Pope 7-15 7-9 24, Johnson 2-5 2-2 7, Blake 3-5 0-0 6, Baynes 3-6 0-0 6, Tolliver 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 39-84 28-39 114.

Atlanta 30 31 26 31— 118

Detroit 32 30 26 26— 114

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 12-34 (Teague 2-3, Bazemore 2-4, Horford 2-5, Schroder 2-5, Humphries 1-2, Korver 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-3, Sefolosha 1-5, Millsap 0-2, Scott 0-2), Detroit 8-25 (Caldwell-Pope 3-8, Harris 2-4, Johnson 1-1, Tolliver 1-2, Morris 1-2, Blake 0-2, Jackson 0-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 56 (Horford 11), Detroit 56 (Drummond 18). AssistsAtlanta 25 (Teague 9), Detroit 23 (Jackson 10). Total FoulsAtlanta 26, Detroit 25. TechnicalsBazemore, Drummond. A14,121 (22,076).

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