Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost again on Sunday, but have avoided the Central division cellar thanks to the winless Detroit Pistons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped their third straight game on Sunday, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 106-91. Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 53 points in the contest.
Kyrie Irving put up 20 points in the loss, while Alonzo Gee scored 18 points and Daniel Gibson contributed 16 off the bench. The 2-5 Cavs trimmed a 13-point deficit to three shortly before the end of the third quarter, but Westbrook hit a circus shot at the buzzer to put the Thunder back up by five, which sucked the momentum out of Cleveland.
Elsewhere in the Central division, the first-place Chicago Bulls squeezed past the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, 87-80. Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 18 points in 31 minutes for the Bulls, who ended the Wolves' three-game winning streak.
The Milwaukee Bucks fell to 3-2 after a 96-92 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday, and the Indiana Pacers tied the Bucks in the win column with a with an 89-85 victory over the winless Washington Wizards. The last-place Detroit Pistons remained winless as well, dropping to 0-7 following a 96-82 loss to the Houston Rockets.