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Kyrie Irving is an all-star. His 40 points powered the Cavaliers to their 11th win on the season, 95-90 over the Celtics.
The Cleveland Cavaliers returned home from a 5-game road trip to host the Boston Celtics. Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson didn't want to lose this game. The two second-year players combined for 61 points and basically dominated the Celtics en route to a 95-90 win.
Kyrie scored 19 points in the first quarter and 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Celtics, as a team, scored just 17 points in the final quarter. That's ridiculous.
Tristan Thompson's 21 points came in a number of ways. He attacked the basket off the dribble and got easy buckets on pick and rolls. Luke Walton (!!) made several great plays to set up Tristan buckets.
Tyler Zeller and Dion Waiters had really rough nights shooting the ball. They combined to shoot 5 of 22 from the field. It wasn't good and thankfully the 2011 draft class was able to carry the Cavs. Zeller's 10 rebounds were nice, but he still needs to go harder after loose balls and box out.
Combine this win with the excellent trade made by Chris Grant and it's a pretty great day to be a Cavs fan.
Jared Sullinger had 12 points and 10 rebounds in his return to Ohio.
Head to CelticsBlog for the Boston perspective.
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