Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Roundup

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Irving's return helps Cavs frustrate Lakers

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 at home over the Los Angeles Lakers, who dropped to a new low Tuesday night in a tumultuous season.

Irving added 11 assists in 39 minutes and showed off his dizzying array of moves as the Cavs ended a five-game losing streak.

Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to stop the Lakers from losing for the eighth time in 11 games, and to a Cleveland team that came in with only four wins.

C.J. Miles scored 28 in his first start this season for the Cavs.

Los Angeles was without starting forward Pau Gasol, who missed his fifth straight game with knee tendinitis, and point guard Steve Nash, still sidelined with a broken leg.

The Lakers fell behind by 16 points in the third quarter, and despite Bryant's valiant attempt to rescue them, the Lakers opened a four-game road trip with a loss that could sting for a while.

As the final seconds ticked off, Bryant stood at halfcourt, his right hand resting on his hip, a look of disgust on his face. When the horn sounded, he handed the ball to an official and shared a brief hug with Irving and a long one with Cavs coach Byron Scott, who whispered something in the superstar's ears.

The Lakers have nowhere to go but up.

Before the game, coach Mike D'Antoni, who was brought in to fix the underachieving squad of stars after Mike Brown was fired five games into the season, bemoaned his team's defense and said the Lakers seemed to be missing a "spirit" to win.

Knicks 100, Nets 97 Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left, and New York rallied from an early 17-point hole to win at Brooklyn.

Kidd finished with 18 points against his former team, who used to dominate the Knicks when he played in New Jersey. …

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