Author: Kurt Helin

Kyrie Irving was scoring with his left hand all over Spurs (VIDEO)

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Call it a statement, call it the Cavaliers getting closer to their true selves, whatever you call it they picked up an important win 117-103 over the Spurs Saturday night on national television.

One key reason — Kyrie Irving‘s left hand.

He had 21 on the night, but picked up some key buckets with his handles and finishing with the left.

Watch Jrue Holiday’s game winner for Pelicans to beat Nets

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The New Orleans Pelicans have won five-of-six, which not coincidentally has happened just as Jrue Holiday has gotten healthy and played his best ball of the season.

Including hitting this game winner against Brooklyn Saturday night.

The Nets defended this well, Thomas Robinson switched onto him off the pick and didn’t allow him a driving lane, and after a stumble with the ball Holiday had to take a leaning 19-footer over his arms. But it’s a make-or-miss league, and that’s a make.

Holiday had 26 points off the bench in the 105-103 win, Ryan Anderson added 24. Brook Lopez had 33 for Brooklyn.

Suns’ Archie Goodwin dunks on Kristaps Porzingis, gets taunting foul

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Archie Goodwin has been throwing down some dunks lately, plus hitting big shots for Phoenix.

But this was his best dunk yet — I love that the 6’5″ Goodwin went right at the 7’3″ Kristaps Porzingis and threw it down on him. That’s confidence.

Goodwin was given a taunting technical after that. Personally, I don’t think he deserved that — let the guys show a little emotion.

Carmelo Anthony hit the technical, and the Knicks cruised to a 102-84 win.

LeBron James’ Friday: Missed dunk, had three blocked, argued with teammate

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The Cleveland Cavaliers won, 114-106, and LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists in that effort. It was a good night.

But that’s not what everyone is talking about.

First, LeBron had a three-pointer chased down and blocked by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. LeBron had leaked out, took the outlet from Kevin Love, and when left open went for the three — but Caldwell-Pope hustled and got the block, as you can see above.

Then, LeBron missed a wide-open dunk.

Also, that night LeBron got into it with Tristan Thompson….

and Marcus Morris.

Busy night for the King, but he got the win, so he doesn’t care about any of it.

Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 116-108

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook‘s sixth triple-double of the season helped the Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Friday night.

Westbrook finished with 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. It was the 25th triple-double of his career.

Kevin Durant had 33 points and 12 rebounds and Enes Kanter scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half for the Thunder, who have won 10 of 11 overall and six straight at home.

James Harden had 33 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Corey Brewer added 17 points for the Rockets. Houston shot 38 percent overall and made just 9 of 39 3-pointers and 27 of 43 free throws.

Houston’s Dwight Howard was ejected in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul, and Kanter scored all 20 of his second-half points after that.

The Rockets led 58-55 at halftime. They led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but Howard made just 2 of 9 free throws in the period to help the Thunder creep back into the game.

Howard was ejected with 7:06 left in the third quarter. The Thunder finally took the lead on a putback by Kanter, and a dunk by Durant on an assist from Westbrook put Oklahoma City ahead 80-76. The Thunder led 89-83 at the end of the third quarter.

Westbrook got his triple-double on an assist to Kyle Singler, who scored and was fouled. Singler’s free throw put Oklahoma City ahead 101-92.

NOT FREE

Howard missed 11 free throws in the game, despite leaving early. DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons are the only players in the league to have missed more than 11 free throws in any game this season. Drummond has done it three times and Jordan twice.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Harden, a former Thunder player, was booed loudly during pregame introductions. … Howard’s first technical came after he put Singler in a headlock during a battle for a rebound in the second quarter. … Howard finished with eight points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

Thunder: Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel was in the crowd. He is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. … Cameron Payne (concussion) and Andre Roberson (right knee sprain) did not play. … Dion Waiters, who started in Roberson’s place, got a technical in the final seconds of the third quarter. … Oklahoma City scored at least 100 points for the seventh straight game. … Steven Adams and Kanter each had 10 rebounds.