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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 and tallied 11 of the Cavaliers' final 13 points 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.

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, but shot a miserable 3-for-15 from the field. Kevin Garnett tallied 16 points in defeat.

01/22 21:52:57 ET

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