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The Cleveland Cavaliers got a much-needed shot in the arm with the return of Kyrie Irving. The Cavs hosted the Los Angeles Lakers and sent them packing with a 100-94 victory at the Q.
Let me be the first to say: welcome back, Kyrie Irving.
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Irving scored 28 points to go along with 11 assists and 6 rebounds in his return from a fractured index finger. The Cavs got an unexpected boost from C.J. Miles, who made his first start of the year. Miles scored 28 points and drilled 5 of 10 three-pointers.
Anderson Varejao failed to record a double-double, but still scored 20 points with 9 rebounds and 5 assists. He also had a vicious throwdown. Alonzo Gee scored 17 points.
It took a classic Kobe Bryant game to keep the Lakers in this one after they trailed by 15 at halftime. Bryant ended the game with 42 points. The Lakers are now 1-10 when Kobe scores 30 or more points this year, which is just freaking hilarious.
Dwight Howard had 20 rebounds and 19 points, but was just 3 of 9 from the field. The Cavs fouled him at every chance they got and he shot 13 of 22 from the free throw line.