IRV­ING, JAMES LEAD THE DE­PLETED CAVS TO WIN OVER BUCKS

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cleve­land» Kyrie Irv­ing had 31 points and a ca­reer-high 13 as­sists and LeBron James scored 29 as the Cleve­land Cava­liers won their sec­ond game in two nights over the Mil­wau­kee Bucks 113-102 on Wed­nes­day de­spite be­ing with­out two starters.

The NBA champs were not at full strength as Kevin Love didn’t dress for the sec­ond-straight game with a bruised left knee, and J.R. Smith sat out af­ter break­ing his right thumb Tues­day at Mil­wau­kee. Smith needs surgery, and the Cavs won’t have a timetable on his re­turn un­til af­ter the op­er­a­tion.

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 28 points and Jabari Parker 27 for the Bucks.

WED­NES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Marc Ga­sol matched a ca­reer high with 38 points on 14-of-17 shoot­ing, and the Griz­zlies beat the Pis­tons 98-86. … Rus­sell West­brook had 42 points and 10 re­bounds, and the Thun­der beat the Pel­i­cans 121-110. An­thony Davis had 34 points and 15 re­bounds for New Or­leans. … DeMar­cus Cousins scored 21 points and the Kings ral­lied from a 20point deficit to beat the Jazz 94-93. … An­drew Wig­gins scored 19 points, Karl-An­thony Towns had 17 points and 18 re­bounds and the Tim­ber­wolves beat the Hawks 92-84. … James Har­den had 27 points and 14 as­sists, pro­pel­ling the Rock­ets to a 125-111 win over the Suns for their 11th vic­tory in 12 games. … John Wall had 23 points and nine as­sists, and the Wizards ral­lied past the Bulls 107-97.

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