Irving scores 32 as Cavs stay unbeaten


Associated Press

CLEVELAND

Kyrie Irving’s personal showcases are being a common occurrence.

Irving scored a season-high 32 points and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers remained undefeated, beating the Houston Rockets 128-120 on Tuesday night.

“He’s growing every day,” said LeBron James, who scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds. “He’s only 24 years old. He’s special.”

Count Houston coach Mike D’Antoni as another Irving fan after watching Cleveland’s point guard take over the game.

“Kyrie is great, he’s got it all,” D’Antoni said. “All you can do is hope he misses shots. You put a hand in his face to make it as difficult as possible.”

Kevin Love scored 24 points as Cleveland placed six players in double figures. The Cavaliers are 4-0 for the first time in 16 years.

James Harden scored a season-high 41 points and had 15 assists for Houston.

Ryan Anderson’s 3-pointer cut Cleveland’s lead to 114-112 with 2:18 to play, but 3-pointers by James and J.R. Smith and another 3 by Irving with 34 seconds left pushed the margin to 125-116.

Cleveland scored 43 points in the fourth quarter, making 13 of 15 from the field, including its last eight shots.

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