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Last Update on January 29, 2015 06:34 GMT


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record while LeBron James watched from the bench and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Irving took over with James sidelined with a sprained right wrist. He buried a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to break a 94-94 tie, grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Portland's Damian Lillard, and as many in the crowd chanted "M-V-P" and James danced near the bench, Irving dropped two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Irving broke the previous scoring record at Quicken Loans Arena held by Allen Iverson. His point total was also the highest in the league this season, bettering the 52 scored by Golden State's Klay Thompson and Minnesota's Mo Williams.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers superstar LeBron James sat out Wednesday night's game against Portland with a sprained right wrist sustained in a hard fall at Detroit.

James is also doubtful for Friday's game against Sacramento.

James got hurt late in the third quarter on Tuesday when he fell after trying to block a shot by Pistons guard Jodie Meeks. James put out both hands to break his fall as he crashed to the floor. James briefly went to the bench, but finished the game, scoring 32 points as the Cavs won their seventh straight.

Afterward, James acknowledged he was scared when he fell because he broke his left wrist on a similar play during high school.

The four-time MVP recently returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee. The Cavs went 1-7 without him, but are 7-1 since he came back.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Jeremy Morin on injured reserve with an upper-body injury that will sideline him indefinitely.

Morin becomes the seventh Blue Jacket out with an injury, with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, forwards Nathan Horton, Artem Anisimov, Brian Gibbons and Boone Jenner also on injured reserve along with defenseman Ryan Murray.

Morin has a goal and two assists and nine penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets this season after being acquired from Chicago in a trade on Dec. 14.


ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) -- Jalen Hayes scored a career-best 27 points to lead Oakland to an 84-76 win over Wright State in overtime Wednesday night.

Khalil Felder added 18 points for the Golden Grizzlies (10-12, 5-2 Horizon League). Dante Williams had 16 and Corey Petros 14.

Wright State led 47-37 with 11:48 left in the second half but then went seven minutes without a field goal as Oakland mounted a 13-2 run to pull ahead, 50-49, with 5:06 to play. The Golden Grizzlies were up 62-59 with four seconds left in regulation when Wright State's Chrishawn Hopkins sank a 3-pointer to tie it and send the game into overtime.

In overtime, Oakland went ahead 73-67 on an 11-5 run capped by a Nick Daniels 3-pointer. The Raiders (11-11, 3-5) got as close as 77-74 with 36 seconds remaining before the Golden Grizzlies clinched it with Felder, Hayes and Daniels combining for 7 of 8 from the line.

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Last Update on January 29, 2015 15:47 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Southwest Division-leading Memphis Grizzlies are home this evening to Denver's Nuggets. The Grizzlies have won 4 straight and 8 of 10. They top the division by a game and-a-half with a record of 33-12.

Central leader Chicago continues its West Coast road trip with a game in L.A. against the Lakers. Chicago is first in the Central by 3 games over Cleveland and has a record of 30-17. The Lakers, who learned yesterday that Kobe Bryant will indeed miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, have lost their last 9 games.

The remaining games this evening feature the Bucks in Orlando against the Magic, who have lost 6 straight, and the Knicks in Indianapolis for a date with the Pacers.


UNDATED (AP) -- The No. 1 team in men's basketball is back on the court tonight as coach John Calipari takes his Kentucky Wildcats to Columbia, Missouri, for a game with the Missouri Tigers. The Wildcats have won their first 19 games of the season to secure the top ranking. Only 19-0 Virginia remains unbeaten among major college men's teams.

Third-ranked Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh), which is 20-1, is home this evening to Portland, while in other games involving a ranked school No. 11 Utah is at UCLA and 16th-ranked Maryland is playing at Ohio State.


UNDATED (AP) -- The top two clubs in the NHL's Atlantic Division are facing off tonight as Tampa Bay entertains Detroit. The Red Wings start the game with a one point leave over the Lightning.

The top two teams in the Pacific Division are also squaring off tonight, but the spread between the two clubs is much bigger. As a matter of fact, first-place Anaheim has a 14 point lead over San Jose. The visiting Ducks have won their last 6 games.

The Bruins are back on the ice for the first time in 8 days. Tonight Boston is on the road for a game with the Islanders, who lead the Metropolitan Division and share first place in the Eastern Conference with Tampa with 65 points.

The red-hot Rangers, who have won 16 of their last 20 games, are home to Montreal. The Canadiens, however, seem to have the New Yorkers' number as they are 8-3-0 in their last 11 games with the Rangers.

The rest of the schedule has the Jets in Philadelphia, the Maple Leafs home to the Coyotes, Dallas at Ottawa, the Panthers at home to Columbus, Nashville in St. Louis, the Wild at Calgary and the Sabres playing in Edmonton, where they haven't lost since 2003.


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The final men's semifinal match is on tap tonight, U.S. time, at the Australian Open. The winner of the Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) pairing will move on to the championship match and a date with sixth-seed Andy Murray. Top-seed Djokovic has dominated his series of matches with defending champion Wawrinka, having won 16 of the 19 matches they've played.

Murray earned his spot in the final with a semifinal win over No. 7 Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. This will be his fourth trip to the Australian final after three losses.


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