CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving didn’t need any reminders he was closing in on his first career triple-double Friday night. He got plenty of help anyway.
“I was trying to not think about it too much, but my teammates were hollering at me to get one more rebound, Coach (Mike) Brown was telling me to get one more rebound, a couple of fans were yelling at me that I need one more,” Irving said. “I said, ‘I got (it), you guys, don’t worry.’ ”
The All-Star Game MVP had 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-79 win over the Utah Jazz.
Irving grabbed his ninth rebound early in fourth quarter and pulled down his 10th with 4:12 to go to become the first Cleveland player with a triple-double since LeBron James on March 16, 2010.
Irving gave credit for his last rebound to center Spencer Hawes, who joked that he pulled back a bit
“Luckily, Spence alligator-armed that one, like he said, to let me get that last one,” Irving said.
Irving received standing ovations when he reached the milestone and when he was pulled from the game a few seconds later. That support went a step too far earlier in the quarter when a young fan wearing a stocking cap raced on the floor and patted Irving on the shoulder. The fan was wrestled to the floor by several policemen and security guards.
“My teammates said I was scared,” Irving said. “I don’t think I looked scared. I flinched a little bit. I was surprised.”
Warriors 126, Knicks 103
In New York, Stephen Curry had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in three quarters, and Klay Thompson added 25 points as Golden State sent the frustrated Knicks to a fifth straight loss.
Returning to the site of his sensational shooting performance of a year ago, when he scored a career-high 54 points on 11-of-13 shooting from 3-point range, Curry showed off his entire skill set in this one.
The NBA’s assists leader made five 3-pointers, as did backcourt mate Thompson.
Thunder 113, Grizzlies 107
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 30 of his 37 points in the second half to help the Thunder beat Memphis and end a three-game losing streak.
Russell Westbrook had 21 points and six assists in 28 minutes, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Reggie Jackson added 14 points for Oklahoma City. The Thunder had lost every game since Westbrook returned from his latest knee surgery.
Suns 116, Pelicans 104
In Phoenix, Goran Dragic scored 40 points, his second career high in three games, as the Suns pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat New Orleans and end a three-game losing streak.
Dragic was a game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesday’s loss at Utah, but played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemire’s 44 on March 19, 2010.
Anthony Davis, also a game-time decision because of a sprained left shoulder, matched his career high with 32 points for the Pelicans
Lakers 126, Kings 122
In Los Angeles, Jordan Farmar came off the bench to score a career-high 30 points, making eight of 10 shots from 3-point range, as the Lakers capitalized on the absence of suspended Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins.
Spurs 92, Bobcats 82
In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Spurs overcame a sluggish start to beat Charlotte.
Bulls 100, Mavericks 91
In Dallas, Taj Gibson had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy hit a go-ahead 3-pointer as Chicago overtook the Mavericks in the fourth quarter to win for the eighth time in nine games.