Cavs use long-range bombs to block out Suns

Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:09am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Guard Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in 24 minutes and hit his team's 17th three-pointer just before the shot clock buzzer with 21 seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the fading Phoenix Suns 101-97 on Monday.

Guard J.R. Smith scored 17 points including five three-pointers for the Cavaliers (20-9), who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season after back-to-back road losses to Golden State and Portland.

Forward Kevin Love had 16 points and seven rebounds and guard LeBron James added 16 points and seven assists for Cleveland, who made 17-of-41 three-pointers in the game.

Forward T.J. Warren had 13 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns (12-21), who have lost five in a row and 16 of the last 21 games overall.

Brandon Knight had 18 points and Jon Leuer and P.J. Tucker had 14 each for Phoenix.

Two days after losing to the 2-29 Philadelphia 76ers, the Suns put up a much better fight but suffered the same result.

Down by as many as 11 in the second half, Phoenix inched within one at 96-95 on a three-pointer by Knight with 1:27 left.

The Suns had a chance to take the lead but another Knight three-pointer was wiped out by a Tyson Chandler offensive foul with 46.6 seconds left.

Cleveland had a disjointed possession but James saved the ball from going out of bounds before Love found Irving for a long three-pointer that gave his team some breathing room.   Continued...

Dec 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports