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                     === Irving paces Cavs past Celtics ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports  Network) -  Kyrie Irving  started strong  and put  the
 Cavaliers on his back down the stretch to carry them to victory.
 
 Irving  scored  40 points and  tallied 11 of  the Cavaliers' final  13 to push
 Cleveland  past  the reeling Boston Celtics,  95-90, at Quicken Loans Arena on
 Tuesday.
 
 He  missed just two shots in scoring 19 first-quarter points and shot 16-of-24
 for the night to help Cleveland rebound off its rough 1-4 road trip.
 
 "It  just came  in the flow," Irving  said of his performance. "I did have the
 mindset  that  I was going to  come out aggressive,  but more or less just see
 what happens. I made shots and guys kept feeding me."
 
 Tristan Thompson followed with 21 points and nine rebounds in the victory.
 
 With  the defeat, the inconsistent Celtics have tied a season worst with their
 fourth  consecutive loss  following  a six-game  winning  streak. Rajon  Rondo
 scored a team-best 17 points along with 13 rebounds and eight assists.
 
 Paul  Pierce scored  12  points  for Boston,  but  shot  a miserable  3-for-15
 from  the field. Kevin Garnett tallied 16 points in the defeat, which sent the
 Celtics (20-21) back under the .500 mark.
 
 During  a  contest which changed hands  17 times and featured 12 ties, Rondo's
 jumper  gave the  Celtics their last lead at 83-82 with 4:15 remaining, before
 committing consecutive turnovers which helped Irving take over.
 
 After  Shaun Livingston  poked the  ball away  from Rondo,  Irving became  the
 beneficiary of a fastbreak layup, then scored an uncontested basket when Rondo
 tried  saving an  ill-advised back-tap from going out of bounds in Cleveland's
 own end.
 
 "Obviously  you don't  throw the ball to Kyrie," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers
 on  Rondo's decision. "But  my question to my team is where was everyone else?
 Rondo  ran  from under the basket  to under the  basket, and when he saved the
 ball  there was  no one to save  it. Mentally, right now, we're just not there
 for 48 minutes."
 
 Garnett  was able to keep the Celtics within one at 88-87 after hitting a pair
 of  free throws  later on,  but he  missed a  jumper on  Boston's next  touch,
 leading  to another breakaway score by Irving that increased the Cavs' lead to
 three with 52 seconds left.
 
 Irving  then put the  dagger in the Celtics' heart when he drove to the basket
 and  drew a  foul  on a  made  layup. He  finished the  3-point  play to  give
 Cleveland a 93-87 advantage with just 22.8 seconds remaining.
 
 Pierce,  who  shot 1-for-8  in the  fourth quarter,  missed the Celtics' sixth
 straight  bucket down the  stretch when he fired an air-ball on a contested 3-
 pointer, all but clinching victory for the Cavaliers.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Coming  in, Boston  had  won three  straight games  against  the Cavaliers  at
 Quicken  Loans Arena  ... The Celtics' Jared Sullinger finished with 12 points
 and 10 rebounds before fouling out ... Cleveland improved to 5-12 at home this
 season  ...  Earlier  on  Tuesday, the  Cavaliers  acquired  forward  Marreese
 Speights  and guards Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby along with a future first-
 round  pick from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Jon Leuer. None
 of Cleveland's acquisitions were available for the game.
 
 
 
 01/23 01:12:29 ET