LOS ANGELES. – Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a fourth-quarter rally to knock off the Los Angeles Lakers 125-120 on Sunday.
Irving connected on 15-of-21 shots from the floor and 6-of-10 from three-point range for the Cavaliers, who increased their lead over the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference to 2 1/2 games. LeBron James contributed 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love added 21 points and 15 boards for Cleveland.
D’Angelo Russell, who hit seven three-pointers, scored a career-high 40 points for the Lakers, who lost their fifth in a row. Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Brandon Ingram chipped in 18 for Los Angeles.
76ers 105, Celtics 99
In Philadelphia, Dario Saric scored 23 points and Robert Covington nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 3:41 left as Philadelphia beat Boston.
Saric and Covington, who finished with 16 points, combined for nine in the final 5:27 as Philadelphia rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to win for the third time in four games.
Boston’s Al Horford scored a season-high 27 points and had eight rebounds and six assists. Jae Crowder added 15 points as the Celtics saw a three-game winning streak end. They played their second straight game without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who rested a sore right knee. He is expected to return Monday night against Washington.– Reuters