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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points and LeBron James added 32 to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight victory Tuesday night, 103-95 over the Detroit Pistons.
The Cavs avenged a 23-point home loss to Detroit late last month. That game was part of a seven-game winning streak for the Pistons, but now Detroit is struggling to overcome the loss of Brandon Jennings, who ruptured his left Achilles tendon last weekend and will miss the rest of the season.
James fell to the floor near the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter and got up grimacing, apparently concerned about at least one of his wrists. He went to the bench, but only briefly. His two-handed breakaway dunk early in the fourth put Cleveland up 80-68.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin each had a goal and an assist, and Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen also scored, and Nick Foligno, captain of one of the teams in Sunday's NHL All-Star game played on the Blue Jackets' home ice, had two assists. Johansen was the All-Star MVP.
McElhinney, starting in place of top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who will miss four to six weeks with a groin injury, made several big saves down the stretch.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist, and Andre Burakovsky and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, who have lost four in a row (0-3-1). Braden Holtby made 26 saves and Matt Niskanen had two assists.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Myles Davis scored 19 points in his third start of the season, and Xavier held No. 21 Georgetown without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in the first half Tuesday night in a 66-53 victory that completed a sweep of the Hoyas.
Davis went 6 for 9 from the field, including back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 18-4 run in which the Musketeers totally shut down Georgetown's motion offense. Aaron Bowen made a layup with 11:17 remaining in the first half, and the Hoyas didn't make another field goal until Isaac Copeland's mid-range buzzer-beater made the score 29-16 at halftime.
Georgetown got as close as seven late in the second half, but the Hoyas went cold again -- going more than three minutes without a field goal -- as Xavier (14-7, 5-4 Big East) closed with a 12-6 run to snap a five-game road losing streak.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Pat Forsythe scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Akron beat Ball State 59-47 on Tuesday night, winning its 12th straight game in the series.
Noah Robotham had five assists for the Zips (14-6, 5-2 Mid-Atlantic Conference).
Akron tied it at 7 then again at 20 before Forsythe scored two free throws and a layup for a 24-22 Zips lead. Bo Calhoun hit two free throws for Ball State to tie it at 24 at halftime. Neither team shot better than 33.3 percent in the half.
Akron pulled ahead on a 9-2 run, then used a 9-1 run to lead 46-35 midway through the second half after a layup by Deji Ibitayo. Aaron Jackson scored four points amid a 7-0 run and the Zips led 59-44 with 2:06 to go and the Cardinals couldn't catch up.
Calhoun led Ball State (7-11, 2-5) with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
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KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Devereaux Manley and Kris Brewer scored 16 apiece, and Jimmy Hall had 15 points and 15 rebounds to help Kent State beat Central Michigan 63-53 on Tuesday night to extend its win streak to six games.
Manley scored seven-straight points to start a 17-0 run by Kent State (15-5, 6-1 Mid-American) which opened up a 41-26 lead with 13 minutes to play. Central Michigan went scoreless for more than 7 1/2 minutes during that stretch.
The Chippewas (14-4, 4-3) responded by scoring 12 in a row, including back-to-back three-point plays by Chris Fowler and Austin Keel to cap the spurt, trimming its deficit to 43-40 with 8:33 left.
Central Michigan, however, would get no closer, shooting just 5-of-18 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line in the final 8:30.
Fowler led Central Michigan, which came into the game averaging 83.9 points per game, with 15 points.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Jonathan Williams scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and Toledo held off Miami (Ohio) 70-65 on Tuesday.
Toledo (12-8, 4-3 Mid-American) used a 9-4 run midway through the first half -- sparked by Stuckey Mosley's 3-pointer -- to lead 34-27 at the break.
The lead reached 10 on Williams' 3-pointer two minutes after intermission. Willie Moore's layup capped an 8-0 run for Miami which tied it at 65 with 1:11 left, but Williams made 3 of 4 from the line and Miami missed its last two shots. Williams' dunk as time ran out was the exclamation point on the win.
Julius Brown and J.D. Weatherspoon scored 13 points apiece for Toledo, which shot 49 percent as a team. Nathan Boothe added 10 points, five boards and five assists.
Miami (7-13, 2-5) was led by Eric Washington's 16 points. Logan McLane added 14 points and seven boards.