Tip-Off for 1/23/13 (featuring Hall & Oates): Kyrie Irving goes off on Celtics; Thunder pound Clippers 109-97

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The Masked Avenger: Kyrie Irving is worthy of All-Star consideration.

Kyrie Irving’s 40-point explosion against the slumping Boston Celtics may have sealed his first All-Star appearance. Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped the Celtics to their fourth consecutive defeat 95-90.

The Oklahoma City Thunder used a big third quarter to cruise to a 109-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Cavaliers 95 – Celtics 90 - Boston won the battle on the boards 48-39. Kyrie Irving handed out 5 assists and Tyler Zeller grabbed 10 rebounds for Cleveland. Rajon Rondo led Boston with 17 points 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Boston has lost three of their last four games to teams below .500.

Pistons 105 – Magic 90 - The Pistons outscored the Magic in the third quarter 28-14 and crushed Detroit on the glass 54-41. Brandon Knight had 18 points and Jason Maxiell grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Detroit. J.J. Redick of Orlando led all scorers with 26 points.

Bucks 110 – 76ers 102 – The 76ers dropped their fifth game in a row on the road and are 2-8 in their last 10 games. Ersa Ilyasova was huge for the Bucks with 27 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. The Bucks have won three in a row. Philadelphia was led by Evan Turner with 23 points, Jrue Holiday committed 8 turnovers.

Thunder 109 - Clippers 97 – The Thunder outscored the Clippers 33-23 in the third period on their way to their 12th straight road win. Kevin Durant finished with 32 points. The Clippers — who were without point guard Chris Paul were led by Blake Griffin’s 31 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lineup:

Michael Phelps credits Ray Lewis with being an inspiration to him (Washington Post).

Protein on the brain may alert doctors of CTE (The Shadow League).

Remember this (HipHopGoldenAge).

Does JaMarcus Russell plan on playing right tackle (NFL.com).

What the hell Bill Callahan (SB Nation).

Andrew Bynum says he’s getting closer (SI.com).

NBA’s latest trade buzz (Mike and McGoutry).

Ladies and Gentlemen, Sloane Stephens (ESPN).

Unranked Villanova knocks off 5th ranked Louisville (Comcast Philly).

For those into cigars (@ThurmanThomas).

 

So glad these guys are in the R&R Hall of Fame.

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