Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied late to earn a 105-100 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.
Irving, who was coming off a superb All-Star weekend which saw him score 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge, win the Three-Point Shootout and appear in his first All-Star contest, shot 6-of-9 in the final quarter. He finished the game adding seven assists and five rebounds as the Cavaliers stopped a three-game skid.
Dion Waiters had 16 points and C.J. Miles and Alonzo Gee chipped in 11 and 10, respectively, in the Cavaliers' first game since the midseason break.
Brian Roberts paced New Orleans with 17 points and Robin Lopez scored 15 for the Hornets, who have lost two straight. Greivis Vasquez registered 13 points and eight assists in the defeat.