Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked during pregame that he didn’t like what he saw from Kyrie Irving at the All-Star Game. Brooks coached the West and watched as Irving led the East to a comeback win on his way to earning MVP honors.
Brooks didn’t like what he saw from Irving Wednesday night, and it was no joke this time. The point guard made it look like All-Star Weekend again, scoring 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers win in Oklahoma City, 114-104.
Irving also had 9 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals.
‘‘Kyrie had a huge performance for us,’’ Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. ‘‘He was very efficient in the 43 minutes that he played tonight, I thought offensively, especially.’’
The young Cavaliers, still adjusting to roster changes since the trade deadline, picked up a meaningful victory. Cleveland shot 14 for 21 from the field in the fourth quarter.
‘‘To come here and get a win in this building versus this team and those players and that coaching staff, for us, is a good confidence booster,’’ Brown said. ‘‘Everything for us right now to be a positive will help us long term just as much as it will short term.’’
It was Oklahoma City’s third straight home loss since the All-Star break. The Thunder lost three games at home the entire season before the break. The Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Bulls 103, Warriors 83 — Taj Gibson scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and host Chicago used a big third-quarter run to pound Golden State and win for the seventh time in eight games.
Jimmy Butler scored 16 points after missing two games with bruised ribs, Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 15, and Joakim Noah grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bulls.
Trail Blazers 124, Nets 80 — Will Barton had a season-high 20 points and career-high 11 rebounds, providing a spark off the bench as shorthanded Portland overpowered visiting Brooklyn.
The Blazers won their fourth straight game despite missing forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The team’s top scorer and rebounder has been out five straight games with a left groin sprain.
Jason Collins, who became the NBA’s first openly gay player when he signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, entered the game without fan reaction and played a pair of scoreless stretches in the fourth quarter.
Mavericks 108, Pelicans 89 — Dirk Nowitzki shook off an early shoulder issue to finish with 18 points, and New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis (sprained left shoulder) was knocked out of the game with a similar problem as host Dallas routed New Orleans.
Grizzlies 108, Lakers 103 — Former Celtic Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Marc Gasol had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and host Memphis overcame a late 3-point shooting display by Los Angeles to win.
Magic 101, 76ers 90 — Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Nik Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando snap a 16-game road losing streak.
Spurs 120, Pistons 110 — Marco Belinelli had 20 points to lead eight San Antonio players in double figures as they worked through a lethargic start to beat visitng Detroit.
Jazz 109, Suns 86 — Gordon Hayward had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists to lead a balanced Utah offense over Phoenix in Salt Lake City.
Clippers 101, Rockets 93 — Blake Griffin had 23 points and 16 rebounds, reserve Darren Collison scored 7 of his 19 points in the final 2:09 and host Los Angeles held off Houston.