CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving pushed himself so hard he nearly vomited while sitting on the bench in the fourth quarter.
A flu bug couldn’t stop him, and neither could the Bucks.
Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points despite being sick, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 win over short-handed Milwaukee on Friday night.
Irving spent the previous two days at home on the couch, trying to shake off an illness that flattened him. He missed practice on Thursday and almost sat out the game before deciding to leave his house about two hours before tip-off. The All-Star guard wound up playing 43 minutes and added six assists and four blocks while carrying the Cavs to their fifth win in six home games.
“I’m tired,” Irving said afterward. “I really just want to lay down right now.”
Earl Clark made a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 44 seconds left in OT, and Jarrett Jack added 17 points for Cleveland. Tristan Thompson had 15 rebounds for the Cavs, who were grateful Irving chose to play.
“I wish he was sick more often,” Jack joked.
With Milwaukee down by three, O.J. Mayo missed two 3s in the last 10 seconds that would have tied it.
“I’ll take them any time,” Mayo said. “On the second one, I didn’t know I had that much time left. I kind of rushed it, but I should have made it.”
Mayo had 20 points, John Henson 18 and Brandon Knight added 17 and a career-high 14 rebounds as the banged-up Bucks lost their fifth straight. It was the second straight tough defeat for Milwaukee, which lost in double-overtime to New York on Wednesday.
76ers 121, Nets 120 (OT)
In Philadelphia, Evan Turner hit the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 29 points to lead the 76ers to an overtime triumph over Brooklyn.
Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 16.9 seconds left in OT to give the Nets the short-lived lead.
Pacers 114, Rockets 81
In Indianapolis, Paul George had 24 points and nine rebounds and Lance Stephenson added 16 points, leading the Pacers past Houston.
Bobcats 116, Pistons 106
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Kemba Walker scored 34 points and Al Jefferson led a fourth-quarter rally that carried Charlotte past Detroit.
Heat 122, Kings 103
In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the high-scoring Heat rolled past Sacramento.
Raptors 109, Mavs 108 (OT)
In Dallas, DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket on a wild shot while getting fouled in overtime, to help Toronto edge the Mavs.
Suns 103, Nuggets 99
In Denver, Markieff Morris scored 25 points and Gerald Green added 19 for Phoenix.
Hawks 118, Jazz 85
In Atlanta, Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks clobbered Utah.
Lakers 104, Timberwolves 91
In Los Angeles, Xavier Henry and Pau Gasol had 21 points apiece for the Lakers.