Irving lead all scorers with 29 points and 12-22 shooting to along with 10 assists. LeBron James chipped in as well with 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. For Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook had his 23rd triple-double of the season with a final stat line of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
The first half saw the game remain close as both teams struggled from three, but the Cavs were able to lead 58-45 after a second quarter push. In the third, with Irving really getting going and the Cavs containing the Thunder’s uptempo attack, Cleveland held a 15 point heading into the fourth.
The Thunder, though, cut the lead to down to seven with 8:40 to go, prompting a Cavaliers timeout. But by 3:57, with Irving back in the game after sitting to start the fourth, Cleveland’s lead was back up to 14. Irving capped it off with a three-pointer over Thunder center Steven Adams that caused Oklahoma City Billy Donovan to call a timeout of his own. At 2:03, with the game in control, both Irving and James were able to sit for the night.
The Cavs were able to win despite not having Kevin Love for the entire second half. Cleveland’s starting power forward didn’t play the final two quarters due to back spasms. James Jones started in his place for the second half. Love finished with one point and eight rebounds.
The Cavs play against tomorrow on the road against the Dallas Mavericks. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. At this time, it’s unclear if Love will be available.