Star point guard Kyrie Irving led the way in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 114-104 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who dropped their third straight home game.
Irving scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena, when Cleveland outscored the Thunder 42-28 to turn a four-point deficit into a 10-point win.
The point guard, who also dished out nine assists, grabbed five rebounds and notched four steals, headed a list of five Cavaliers players - all of them starters - in double figures.
Shooting Jarret Jack pitched in 21 points and center Spencer Hawed added 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Cavs' aggressive play paid off as they got to the free-throw line more often than the Thunder and made a highly efficient 23 of their 24 shots at the charity stripe.
Thunder superstar Kevin Durant had a typically stellar game, scoring 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting, hauling down 10 rebounds and recording nine assists, while sidekick Russell Westbrook added 24 points and nine assists.
But only one other player, Congolese-born Spaniard Serge Ibaka, scored in double figures for Oklahoma City, contributing 16 points and also grabbing 13 rebounds.
"Oklahoma City came out and they kind of punched us in the mouth a little bit in that third quarter and our guys didn't panic. They just stayed with it. I give veteran guys like Luol (Deng) and especially Jarrett Jack the kudos for calming everybody down and just kind of staying the course," Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown was quoted as saying on the team's official Web site.
The Thunder (43-15) still have the best record in the Western Conference despite their three-game losing streak, although their lead over the San Antonio Spurs stands at only 1 1/2 games.
The Cavaliers improved to 23-36 but they still trail the Atlanta Hawks by four games in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. EFE