Monday, December 11, 2017
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Irving's hot quarter saves Cavs

PHILADELPHIA — The Cavaliers have so many ways to beat teams, and this time it was Kyrie Irving's turn to win a game.

Irving scored 19 of his season-high 39 in the fourth quarter and LeBron James had a triple double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, leading the Cavaliers to a 112-108 comeback victory over the 76ers on Sunday.

Kevin Love chipped in 25 points and 11 rebounds to help the defending champions garner to their fourth straight victory.

"When you have great players, it can come from any of us at any given moment," Irving said.

Joel Embiid led seven players in double figures with 22 points for the 76ers, who have lost three straight. Embiid also had nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

"When those guys are on like that, it's really hard to beat them," Embiid said.

The Cavaliers never led through the first three quarters, but Irving got hot early in the fourth to put Cleveland in front. He gave the Cavaliers their first lead on a layup 2:38 into the quarter and had 10 of his team's first 13 fourth-quarter points. His layup with 7:51 left gave Cleveland its biggest lead to that point, 90-86.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Wizards guard Bradley Beal was fined $15,000 by the league for grabbing Magic swingman Evan Fournier's throat. The former Gator was assessed a technical foul for the infraction Friday.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Former Sickles High standout John Henson scored 20 and the Bucks beat the host Magic 104-96. Milwaukee has beaten Orlando twice in less than a week. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 27 points. … Wilson Chandler scored 25 and the Nuggets held off the host Suns 120-114. … DeMarcus Cousins had 37 points and 11 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 22 points and the Kings beat the Nets 122-105. The Kings won in Brooklyn for the first time since the Nets moved there in 2012.

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