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Dazzling Irving seals sweet 16 for the Celtics

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Irving:  Magnificent with 47 points for Boston, which clinched its 16th  straight win. Photo by: AFP photos Irving: Magnificent with 47 points for Boston, which clinched its 16th straight win.

The results:

Portland 100, Memphis 92; Boston 110, Dallas 102; San Antonio  96, Atlanta 85; Denver 114, Sacramento 98; Cleveland 116, Detroit 88; Indiana 105, Orlando 93; Philadelp[hia 107, Utah 86; Charlotte 118, Minnesota 102; New York 107, LA Clippers 85; New Orleans 114, Oklahoma 107; Washington 99, Milwaukee 88

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Kyrie Irving laid on a 47-point masterclass to give the Boston Celtics a 16th straight victory on Monday as the Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the Detroit Pistons to continue their revival.

Irving was in dazzling form for Boston as they rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to overhaul the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 in overtime.

Irving’s haul included five three-pointers and three rebounds as Boston came back from 89-79 down with five minutes remaining in the final quarter to win.

Boston improved to 16-2 with the victory to head the Eastern Conference. Dallas fell to 3-15 with the loss.
    
Irving delivered 10 of his points in overtime, single-handedly pulling Boston clear of Dallas in the decisive phase of the game.
    
It was the fourth-highest scoring game of Irving’s career and helped Boston tie the franchise’s fourth-longest winning streak.
    
Elsewhere on Monday, Cleveland sent a message to their rivals in the Eastern Conference with a ruthless walloping of Detroit.
    
The Cavs 116-88 blowout was the clearest sign yet that the 2016 NBA champions have shaken off their early-season problems.
    
Cleveland has now won five games in a row and has improved to 10-7.
    
Detroit, which entered the game with an impressive 11-5 record, was put firmly in its place by a Cavaliers side which was determined to make a statement.
    
Kevin Love led the scoring with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while LeBron James had 18 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes.
    
Jae Crowder had 18 points with Jose Calderon adding 14. James saluted the way Cleveland maintained its scoring momentum.
    
“I just wanted to keep the pedal down,” James said of the big win.
    
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy chalked up the defeat to a bad night at the office.
    
“For most teams in this league, there’s three, four, five of those games a year,” Van Gundy said.
 
In other game on Monday, Anthony Davis scored 36 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-107 in a bruising encounter at the Smoothie King Center in Louisiana.
    
The Pelicans rallied from 19 points down in the first quarter to claim a victory that was overshadowed by DeMarcus Cousins’ ejection for an elbow on Russell Westbrook in the third quarter.
    
In Philadelphia, 76ers star Ben Simmons continued his superb start to the season with 27 points in a 107-86 win over the Utah Jazz.
    
Australian rookie Simmons took full advantage of the absence of Jazz stalwart Rudy Gobert to finish with the highest single-game points total of his career.
    
“Obviously (with) him out, it was a key for us to go inside,” said Simmons, whose 10 rebounds gave him his 11th double-double.