Confident Cavaliers shred Nets in Cleveland

Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:28pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors might be marching to the best record in league history, but Kyrie Irving still believes the Cleveland Cavaliers are marching toward a championship.

A turbulent few days for Irving ended Thursday with him declaring the Cavs are the team to beat following their 107-87 win over the Brooklyn Nets on a night LeBron James moved into 12th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

The Cavs matched their 53 wins from last season with seven games left, but Irving is looking at a much, much bigger prize.

"Everything surrounding our team is just crazy to think that we're still in first place and we're still the team to beat, honestly," Irving said.

"I feel like we're the team to beat. It's open season until we get into the playoffs. I have a lot more confidence than I think anyone realizes in our team and what's going on in our locker room."

James scored 24 points and passed for 11 assists to pass Dominique Wilkins on the scoring list. James now has 26,689 points, leaving him 21 points behind Oscar Robertson and 11th place.

"I've been very durable throughout my career and I've played with some great teammates and two great organizations all my career that allowed me to put the ball in the basket," James said.

Kevin Love had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Channing Frye scored 13 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Nets last weekend on the road.

Cleveland moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the idle Toronto Raptors for home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.   Continued...

Mar 31, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) makes a reverse layup in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports