Cavaliers end Thunder’s winning streak

Kyrie Irving

The Oklahoma City Thunder saw their 14-game home winning streak ended by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The Cavaliers became the first visiting team to win at Chesapeake Energy Arena since the Portland Trail Blazers on January 3 thanks to a 96-90 victory.

Antawn Jamison scored 21 points and rookie point guard Kyrie Irving made two baskets and assisted on another in the final two minutes to ensure the Cavs left on a high.

Despite the defeat, the Thunder are still well clear at the top of the Western Conference.

Their position was helped by Chris Paul scoring 36 points and Mo Williams 33 for the Los Angeles Clippers in a 120-108 victory over the second-placed San Antonio Spurs.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee inflicted a fourth consecutive loss on the New York Knicks -119-114 – Ersan Ilyasova leading the Bucks with 26 points.

Kobe Bryant poured in 34 points for the Los Angeles Lakers in their 105-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons relinquished a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to trail the Atlanta Hawks by a point in the last minute but edged in front again and managed to hold on to win 86-85 thanks to Tayshaun Prince’s game-winning shot with 24.3 seconds left.

Twenty points and 15 rebounds from Kris Humphries helped the New Jersey Nets overcome the hapless Bobcats 83-74 in Charlotte, and Arron Afflalo’s 28 points helped the New Orleans Hornets down Denver 110-97 – the Nuggets’ fourth straight loss and just a ninth won of the season for the Hornets.

In other games, the Philadelphia 76ers toppled the Utah Jazz 104-91 and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Dallas Mavericks 110-97, while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had 22 points apiece in the Boston Celtics’ 104-86 win over Portland.