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Kyrie Irving returns, re-establishes rapport with Andy Varejao

Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing 11 games with a finger injury.

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Kyrie Irving had 28 points, 11 assists and six rebounds to help snap Cleveland's five-game losing streak as the Cavaliers defeated the Lakers, 100-94, on Tuesday.

Irving returned to the lineup after missing the previous 11 games with a finger injury, and coach Byron Scott told Bob Finnan of The News-Herald that he gave the second-year point guard "total clearance to resume his play" while not placing any restrictions on him.

Anderson Varejao had 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals on Tuesday while getting the assignment to defend Dwight Howard late in the game.

Irving and Varejao played well together in the win over the Lakers as they quickly re-established the chemistry that they built together over the last two seasons.

Varejao is averaging 14.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor. Varejao also has 15 double-doubles this season.

Irving called Varejao "one of our most consistent players."

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