Irv­ing re­turns with 28 points as Cava­liers add to Lak­ers’ woes

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Kyrie Irv­ing scored 28 points in his re­turn af­ter miss­ing 11 games with a bro­ken fin­ger, lead­ing the host Cleve­land Cava­liers to a 100-94 win over the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, who dropped to a new low Tues­day night in a tu­mul­tuous sea­son.

Irv­ing added 11 as­sists in 39 min­utes and showed off his dizzy­ing ar­ray of moves as the Cavs ended a five-game los­ing streak.

Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 20 re­bounds, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Lak­ers from los­ing for the eighth time in 11 games and to a Cleve­land team that came in with just four wins.

C.J. Miles scored 28 in his first start this sea­son for the Cavs.

Los An­ge­les was with­out start­ing for­ward Pau Ga­sol, who missed his fifth straight game with knee ten­dini­tis.

The Lak­ers fell be­hind by 16 points in the third quar­ter, and de­spite Bryant’s valiant at­tempt to res­cue them, the Lak­ers opened a four-game road trip with a loss that could sting for a while.

As the fi­nal sec­onds ticked off, Bryant stood at half­court, his right hand rest­ing on his hip, a look of dis­gust on his face. When the horn sounded, he handed the ball to an of­fi­cial and shared a brief hug with Irv­ing and a long one with Cavs coach By­ron Scott, who whis­pered some­thing in the su­per­star’s ears.

Knicks 100, Nets 97: Carmelo An­thony scored a sea­son-high 45 points, Ja­son Kidd made the tiebreak­ing 3-pointer with 24 sec­onds left, and vis­it­ing New York ral­lied from an early 17-point hole.

Kidd fin­ished with 18 points against his former team, who used to dom­i­nate the Knicks when he played in New Jersey. Now the se­ries is tied at 1-1 since the Nets moved to Brook­lyn, both games coming down to the tense fi­nal min­utes.

Nuggets 101, Pis­tons 94: Ty Law­son had 26 points, seven as­sists and five re­bounds to lead vis­it­ing Den­ver.

Corey Brewer added 15 points and An­dre Iguo­dala had 12 points and eight re­bounds for the Nuggets, who ral­lied from a slow start in which they trailed by as many as 17 in the first quar­ter. JaVale McGee also had 12 points for Den­ver.

Wizards 77, Hor­nets 70: Jor­dan Craw­ford scored 26 points and vis­it­ing Washington spoiled the re­turn of over­all No. 1 pick An­thony Davis.

Bradley Beal added 15 points for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 13 and never led un­til the fourth quar­ter. Washington im­proved to 1-8 on the road.

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