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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving celebrates after making a three-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Irving scored 28 to lead the Cavs to victory.
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Irving leads Cavs in return vs. Lakers

– There had to be a low point. The Los Angeles Lakers can only hope they’ve reached it.

This chaotic season has gotten worse.

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points in his return after missing 11 games with a broken finger, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 win over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

“This is one of the most challenging stretches of my 17 years, and the most baffling, too,” Bryant said after the Lakers lost for the eighth time in 11 games. “We have the talent and personnel to do it, but we’re not, and it’s baffling. It’s extremely frustrating. It doesn’t make any sense. We’re still finding ways to lose games.”

Irving added 11 assists in 39 minutes as the Cavs, who came in with just four wins, ended a five-game skid.

Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers.

“We have to stop the bleeding – somehow,” Howard said. “We want to win. We’re sick of losing. We all understand that situations like this don’t last forever.”

C.J. Miles scored 28, Anderson Varejao had 20 and Alonzo Gee 17 for the Cavs.

KNICKS 100, NETS 97: In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking three-pointer with 24 seconds left, and New York rallied from an early 17-point hole.

Brooklyn’s Andray Blatche scored 23 points in place of Brook Lopez, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right foot.

NUGGETS 101, PISTONS 94: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Ty Lawson had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead Denver.

Corey Brewer added 15 points and Andre Iguodala had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets.

Brandon Knight had 20 points and five assists for Detroit. Jason Maxiell added 18 points, six blocks and six rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points.

WIZARDS 77, HORNETS 70: In New Orleans, Jordan Crawford scored 26 points and Washington spoiled the return of overall No. 1 pick Anthony Davis.

Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 17 but did not score in the second half.

Davis, who missed 11 games with a stress reaction in his left ankle, had 13 points and seven rebounds.

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