A long month is finally winding down for the Cavaliers, so the fact they played their best all-around game in weeks probably means something.
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, LeBron James went for 29 with 14 rebounds, the the Cavs held off triple-double machine Russell Westbrook and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, 107-91 in a Sunday afternoon affair.
Westbrook finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists -- for his first triple-double against Cleveland. With the Cavs eliminated, he now has just three teams against which he has failed to accomplish the feat.
But overall, Westbrook's line was a victory for a Cavs squad that could use some, both large and small.
Prior to bullying their way past the Nets on Friday, the Cavs (32-14) had lost six of eight. Now, they've won two straight heading into Monday's game at Dallas.
"We just want to play good basketball and tonight we did that," James told reporters. "It started with the defensive end."
Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Iman Shumpert played a key role in harassing Westbrook into 7-of-26 shooting.
On the downside, Kevin Love again experienced lower back soreness and sat out the second half. He will not play against the Mavs, but instead stay in town Monday to have the back evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic.
Love has been experiencing back spasms off and on for the past few weeks and his shot seems to have abandon him a bit because of it.
"It's a terrible feeling when your back is hurt," James told the media. "It just limits you more than anything. I know it's very frustrating for him because he puts in a lot of work. Hopefully things get better for him soon."
Victor Oladipo added 17 points and seven boards for the Thunder (28-20). Shumpert added 16 points for the Cavs.
Finally, per the Associated Press: "James became the first player in Cavaliers history to score 20,000 points for the franchise. He came in needing six points to hit the plateau and reached it with a layup early in the second quarter."