Irv­ing steps up to lead Cavs over 76ers

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PHILADEL­PHIA: The Cleve­land Cava­liers have so many ways to beat teams, and this time it was Kyrie Irv­ing’s turn to win a game.

Irv­ing scored 19 of his sea­son­high 39 points in the fourth quar­ter and LeBron James had a triple-dou­ble with 26 points, 10 re­bounds and 13 as­sists, lead­ing Cleve­land to a 112-108 come­back vic­tory over the Philadel­phia 76ers in the NBA on Sun­day.

Kevin Love chipped in 25 points and 11 re­bounds to help the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons (13-2) im­prove to their fourth straight win.

“When you have great play­ers, it can come from any of us at any given mo­ment,” Irv­ing said. “When one of us gets it go­ing, we al­ways con­tinue to go to that per­son. It can be any­body’s night. We’re al­ways trust­ing each other. That fourth quar­ter was just for me to be ag­gres­sive.”

Joel Em­biid led seven play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 22 points for the 76ers, who have lost three straight. Em­biid also had nine re­bounds, four as­sists and three blocks.

The Cava­liers never led through the first three quar­ters, but Irv­ing got hot early in the fourth to put Cleve­land in front.

In­di­ana’s Glenn Robinson III and Myles Turner each scored 17 points as the Pac­ers handed the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers con­sec­u­tive losses for the first time this sea­son, win­ning 91-70.

Al Jef­fer­son added 16 points and eight re­bounds to help In­di­ana win two straight for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

Blake Grif­fin had 16 points and nine re­bounds for the Clip­pers. They dropped to 14-4.

“We just tried to have ac­tive hands and be ag­gres­sive de­fen­sively,” said Jeff Teague, who had 13 points and two steals. “That’s a great team over there, great play­ers that they have. We just did a good job of be­ing ac­tive and caus­ing a lit­tle havoc on de­fense.”

The Pac­ers have forced at least 20 turnovers seven times this sea­son and this time it came while the Clip­pers tried to bounce back from a 108-97 loss in Detroit on Fri­day.

In Port­land, James Har­den had 38 points and 10 as­sists to help Hous­ton beat the Trail Blaz­ers 130-114.

Eric Gor­don added 26 points, in­clud­ing six 3-point­ers for the Rock­ets. They have made at least 10 3-point­ers in 16 straight games to match the NBA record set by Golden State and Cleve­land last sea­son. They fin­ished the night with 17.

CJ McCol­lum scored 28 points and Damian Lil­lard had 27 for the Blaz­ers.

In New York, DeMar­cus Cousins had 37 points and 11 re­bounds while Rudy Gay added 22 points, eight re­bounds and eight as­sists as Sacra­mento routed Brook­lyn 122105.

Dar­ren Col­li­son added 18 points for the Kings in their first win in Brook­lyn.

Sean Kil­patrick scored 22 points, Brook Lopez had 17 and Bo­jan Bog­danovic added 13 for the Nets, who have lost seven straight games.

In other games, the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers won 109-94 at home to Atlanta, Denver won 120-114 at Phoenix, Dal­las beat the vis­it­ing New Or­leans 91-81, and Mil­wau­kee won 104-96 at Orlando.

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