CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving scored 25 points and LeBron James, returning to the lineup after sitting out a game, added 21 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Detroit Pistons 104-81 on Friday night.
Irving was 11 of 15 from the field with 11 assists, one short of his career high, in 29 minutes.
James, who rested Wednesday night in a loss at Indiana, made 9 of 14 shots and played only 28 minutes.
Following a slow start that saw Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue call a timeout less than 2 minutes into the game, the Cavaliers took over. Cleveland led by 11 at the end of the first quarter, and took a 56-39 lead into halftime. Cleveland built the lead to 33 points in the fourth quarter, allowing Lue to rest his starters for the entire final period. The defending NBA champions don't play again until Wednesday night.
HORNETS 100, HAWKS 96
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Nic Batum had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Cody Zeller matched his career high with 23 points and Charlotte rallied to snap Atlanta's six-game winning streak.
Zeller was 9 of 10 from the field. Kemba Walker overcame a slow start and scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half for his 10th straight 20-point game. The Hornets improved to 8-3.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Kent Bazemore had 19 points. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 18 rebounds before being ejected in the fourth quarter.
SUNS 116, PACERS 96
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Brandon Knight scored 17 points and Phoenix beat Indiana.
Jared Dudley added 16 points for the Suns, Alan Williams had 15 points, and Devin Booker and Leandro Barbosa 13 each. The Suns improved to 4-9 with their second road victory.
Myles Turner led the Pacers with 22 points, and Jeff Teague had 21 points and seven assists.
Pacers All-Star Paul George did not play for the second time in three games. He is battling soreness in his left ankle after turning his ankle in Indiana's overtime loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 11.