IRVING, JAMES LEAD THE DEPLETED CAVS TO WIN OVER BUCKS
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.
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.