Kevin Love scored 29 points to help the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-92 on Sunday
Kevin Love scored 29 points to help the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-92 on Sunday.
Love shot nine of 18 from the field and 11 for 12 at the free throw line to match his second-best scoring performance of the season. LeBron James had 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, and Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Cleveland, who won their fifth straight game.
The Cavaliers romped even though point guard Kyrie Irving sat out after the first quarter because of flu-like symptoms.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook had 20 points including a spectacular dunk 11 assists and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, who lost their second straight at home coming out of the All-Star break. It was the Thunders most lopsided defeat of the season.
James had 18 points in the first half to help Cleveland take a 62-53 lead at the break. The Thunder cut into the deficit early in the third quarter, but JR Smiths three-pointer with just under seven minutes left in the period put the Cavaliers ahead 75-62. Another three by Smith made it 80-64. Cleveland expanded their lead to 95-73 by the end of the quarter.
Elsewhere, Anthony Davis scored a franchise-record 59 points and added 20 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 111-106.
The previous club record was 50 points by Jamal Mashburn exactly 13 years earlier against the Grizzlies. Davis went 24 of 34 from the floor and made his only two 3-pointers. He added nine free throws in 10 tries.
Davis also broke the scoring record for the Palace of Auburn Hills, set by LeBron James with 48 points in an Eastern Conference finals game in 2007. The star center joined Shaquille ONeal and Chris Webber as the only NBA players with 50 points and 20 rebounds in a game since 1983.
Jrue Holiday came off the bench and scored 20 points for the Pelicans the only other player to reach double figures for New Orleans. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 34 points.