Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder late Saturday night with a 115-110 victory.
Irving led the way with 35 points and 13 of those coming in the final three minutes of the game.
The Thunder shot nearly 50 percent for the game but made just 7-of-21 threes while the Cavs made half of their threes.
Cleveland also got a big lift from Marreese Speights off the bench who had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder are off tonight and will play next Monday night at home vs. the Dallas Mavericks.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 37 minutes, 32 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists – B
Durant struggled from the field quite a bit last night. He wasn’t knocking down jumpers quite as often as he normally does and missed four of his 17 free throw attempts. He still put up big numbers but then late you expected him to take over and match Irving shot for shot and that didn’t happen.
Russell Westbrook – 35 minutes, 28 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds – B+
Westbrook was great offensively and defensively until the final three minutes of the game. He had Irving in check for most of the night but then couldn’t contain him in the pick-and-roll in the final minutes. Irving was simply feeling it so you can’t put all of the blame on Westbrook. Westbrook shot 12-for-22 from the field for the game which is great from him.
Serge Ibaka – 30 minutes, 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks – A
Ibaka had his best game in awhile last night. He made six of his first seven shots then just one of his last five. The key was how aggressively Ibaka attacked the offensive glass early on. It got him a few easy baskets and trips to the free throw line. He finished with six offensive boards in the game.
Kevin Martin – 32 minutes, 15 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists – B
Martin never stopped shooting and was aggressive for most of the game. He went 3-for-4 from two-point range in the game and 3-for-9 from three. He scored on a couple of nice backdoor cuts where Nick Collison found him. When he’s scoring in ways other than just spot-up threes, it’s a very good thing for OKC.
Kendrick Perkins – 30 minutes, 6 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks – A
Perkins has been playing great lately. Last night was a very good outing for him as he stuffed the stat sheet. The amazing thing is he is starting to make these little shots around the rim that he used to almost always miss.
Thabo Sefolosha – 24 minutes, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals – C
Sefolosha only took two shots and one three in the game and did not score. The Thunder might have wanted to use him more on Irving late but since he wasn’t scoring at all, he wasn’t in the game then.
Nick Collison – 23 minutes, 2 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists – B+
A key stat for the Thunder is always assists for Collison. He gets a lot of opportunities to make plays with the second unit and getting four dimes last night was pretty nice. He also had three offensive rebounds and drew a charge.
Reggie Jackson – 11 minutes, 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal – B
Jackson had a couple of nice buckets including a three from the wing but the Thunder were outscored by 15 while he was out there. He didn’t pick up any assists which is something he still needs to work on.
Hasheem Thabeet – 11 minutes, 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block – B+
Thabeet made 2-of-3 shots and got an offensive rebound and a block. Once again, you can’t ask for much more from him in 11 minutes.
Perry Jones, III – 5 minutes, 0 points – C
Jones played five minutes in the first half and did not record a stat. The interesting part is that Scott Brooks played him at the three with Collison and Thabeet for a few minutes. Not sure if we will be seeing a lot more of this.
DeAndre Liggins – 2 minutes, 0 points, 1 steal – C+
Liggins barely played but of course got a steal while he was out there.