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Irving helps Cavaliers beat Clippers, 88-82

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) jumps to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17), from Brazil, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) jumps to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17), from Brazil, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Kyrie Irving, coming off the first scoreless game of his career, scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 88-82, last night.

Tristan Thompson added 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bynum added 18 points for Cleveland.

Irving, who didn’t score in a season-low 20 minutes Friday against Atlanta, scored seven points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 15.7 seconds left to put the game away.

Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers, who have lost three of four. Chris Paul scored 13 points while DeAndre Jordan added 12.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao got into a confrontation with 2:21 to play that resulted in Varejao receiving a personal foul, while Griffin and Cleveland’s Jarrett Jack were hit with technicals.

Heat 103, Timberwolves 82

LeBron James had 21 points, eight assists and 14 boards for his first double-digit rebounding game of the season, leading Miami over Minnesota.

Dwyane Wade had 19 points and five rebounds in his return from a two-game absence and the Heat controlled the glass until garbage time after getting hammered on the boards by Detroit and Chicago in consecutive losses. James’s 14 boards tied his high in a Heat uniform.

Pacers 111, Spurs 100

Paul George scored 28 points and Indiana powered past San Antonio, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs.

David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson added 15. Roy Hibbert, former San Antonio guard George Hill, C.J. Watson and Luis Scola scored 12 points apiece. Hibbert and Scola also had 10 rebounds each.

Pistons 92, Bulls 75

Brandon Jennings scored 33 points to lead Detroit over short-handed Chicago.

Kyle Singler added 12 points for Detroit (10-10), and Andre Drummond had eight points and 14 rebounds.

Nuggets 103, 76ers 92

Jordan Hamilton hit three straight 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help Denver overcome a slow start for the win over Philadelphia.

Nate Robinson led the way with 20 points for the Nuggets (12-8), who were playing their fourth game in five nights and had dropped their previous two.

Warriors 108, Grizzlies 82

Klay Thompson scored 30 points and David Lee finished with 23 to help Golden State defeat short-handed Memphis.

Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, despite shooting 7 of 16 on the night as the Warriors ended an 11-game skid against the Grizzlies.

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