Kyrie Irving played 17 minutes in his season debut and scored 12 points, and LeBron James had 23 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 108-86 victory Sunday over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 10th straight and fell to 1-28.
Irving was on the floor for the first time since breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State. The Cavaliers did OK without him, going 17-7 to start the season, but they’re a more complete team with the All-Star point guard healthy.
Matthew Dellavedova made four three-pointers and added 20 points for the Cavs, who improved to 12-1 at home and are eyeing a Christmas Day game against the Warriors. James didn’t play in the fourth quarter, logging a season-low 26 minutes.
The 76ers are 0-17 in road games and are on their second double-digit losing streak this season.
at Miami 116, Portland 109: Chris Bosh scored 29 points, Hassan Whiteside had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Heat finished strong after trailing by 10 at halftime. Damian Lillard had 32 points and nine assists for the Trail Blazers.
Minnesota 100, at Brooklyn 85: Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the building where he was taken with the No. 1 pick in the June draft, and the Timberwolves continued their strong road play. They are 7-6 in away games but only 4-10 at home.
Atlanta 103, at Orlando 100: Kyle Korver scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Hawks past the Magic for their third straight win.
Sacramento 104, at Toronto 94: Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists, Rudy Gay scored 19 points against his former team and the Kings ended a four-game road losing streak.
New Orleans 130, at Denver 125: Anthony Davis left after the first quarter because of an illness but returned in the fourth and finished with 27 points, pushing the Pelicans to only their third road win of the season.
Milwaukee 101, at Phoenix 95: Khris Middleton scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Greg Monroe hit a spinning, go-ahead layup with 20.6 seconds left to lift the Bucks past the Suns.