CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving scored 15 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, including several key late baskets, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 95-90 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
Irving scored 11 points in the final 2:33 on four layups and three free throws to give Cleveland back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season and send Boston to its season-high fourth straight loss.
Irving shot 16 for 24 – setting a career high for field goals made – and fell one point short of his career-best scoring total, set at New York on Dec. 15.
Tristan Thompson added 21 points for the Cavaliers.
Rajon Rondo led Boston with 17 points while Kevin Garnett scored 16. Paul Pierce, who scored 40 points in a 103-91 win over the Cavaliers in Boston on Dec. 19, finished with 12 points on 3-for-15 shooting.
Sullinger, who played at Ohio State, scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for Boston.
PISTONS 105, MAGIC 90: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Jason Maxiell, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for 38 points and 28 rebounds as Detroit pulled away from undersized Orlando.
Brandon Knight led Detroit with 18 points, while Monroe scored 16 and Drummond and Maxiell each had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pistons also finished with a 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds against the Magic, who had their size issues magnified when Glen Davis was benched for much of the second half after taking 15 first-half shots and grabbing just three rebounds. He attempted just one shot the rest of the way and finished with 11 points.
J.J. Redick was Orlando’s biggest threat, scoring 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting – including 5 for 6 on three-pointers. Jameer Nelson added 14 points and nine rebounds.
BUCKS 110, 76ERS 102: In Milwaukee, Ersan Ilyasova had 27 points and 16 rebounds, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Milwaukee won for the sixth time in eight games since Jim Boylan replaced Scott Skiles as coach.
Skiles parted ways with the team after a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Monta Ellis added 18 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee.
Evan Turner scored 23 points to lead the 76ers and Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Philadelphia lost its fifth straight on the road.