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James, Irving Lead Cavaliers Past Kings 120-100

James records triple-double, Irving scores 32 as Cavaliers rout Kings 120-100

LeBron James recorded his 40th career triple-double while Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Sacramento Kings 120-100 on Monday night.

James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season. The four-time MVP didn't play the fourth quarter.

Irving was 13 of 21 from the field and tied his career high with 12 assists. J.R. Smith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points.

Cleveland went ahead early in the game and steadily built its lead against the listless Kings, who have dropped eight of nine.

Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi led Sacramento with 16 points each.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who passed the 9,000 career point mark in the second quarter, returned after missing a game because of a bruised left thigh and scored 11 points.

Irving converted a four-point play in the fourth quarter by hitting a 3-pointer in front of the Kings bench and being fouled by Rajon Rondo.

Cleveland led 61-45 at halftime. Three baskets by James, including a 3-pointer, and five points by Irving early in the third helped stretch the lead to 78-57. The biggest margin was 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Speculation about coach George Karl's job status began after Friday's loss in Brooklyn. The Kings followed that Sunday in Boston by allowing 74 points in the first half, including 46 in the first quarter. Sacramento gave up 128 points in each game.DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points while Rondo had 16 assists for the Kings.

TIP-INS

Kings: Sacramento's losing stretch has come after a five-game winning streak. .... Gay returned after missing Sunday's game. He sprained his left ankle Friday and played four minutes against Brooklyn. ... Ben McLemore (sprained right wrist) missed his second straight game.

Cavaliers: Love was injured Friday and missed Saturday's game. ... Matthew Dellavedova (sore left hamstring) missed his fourth straight game and could be out until after the All-Star break. ... Kobe Bryant will play his final game at Quicken Loans Arena when the Lakers visit Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Kings: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Cavaliers: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

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