Kyrie Irving scores season-high 57 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat defending NBA Champions the San Antonio Spurs

LeBron James scored 31 points in 128-125 win

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Budding superstar Kyrie Irving scored a career high 57 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the San Antonio Spurs 128-125 after over-time.

Irving's 57 points against the defending NBA champions was also the highest mark posted by any player in the league this season, beating the 55-point game Irving had against the Portland Trail Blazers in January.

Cavaliers team-mate and four-time MVP LeBron James added 31 points for Cleveland, to beat the team for the first time since the Finals last season when he was with the Miami Heat.

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LeBron James added 31 points for the Cavaliers

Cleveland moved to 42-25 for the season and second in the Eastern Conference, while the Spurs, who had won their previous six games, are now 40-24 and sixth in the West.

Irving hit a 3-pointer in the face of heavy defence from Danny Green to pull Cleveland to 110-107 with 31 seconds remaining in normal time. After the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard missed two free throws with 4.3 seconds left, Irving made another 3 - this time over Leonard - to tie the score at 110 and force the extra period.

Irving made all seven of his 3-point attempts, was 20 of 32 from the field overall, and made 10 free throws without a miss.

Tony Parker had 31 points for San Antonio and Leonard added 24 points.

Irving scored 11 points in overtime, including a crossover, fadeaway 3-pointer against Boris Diaw with 1:20 remaining to give Cleveland a 122-118 lead.

James was 10 for 20 from the floor in a physical battle with Leonard, but his struggles were lessened by Irving's wild night.

Additional reporting from AP

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