CLEVELAND -- Andrew Bynum scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds, all in the first three quarters, and the CLEVELAND Cavaliers continued their dominance of the Los Angeles Clippers with an 88-82 victory on Saturday night.
Bynum, the 7-foot center who missed all of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, started both games of a back-to-back for the second time this season. He finished 8-of-13 shooting from the field in 24 minutes.
Cavs forward Tristan Thompson and point guard Kyrie Irving each scored 20 points, with Thompson grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds. Irving, meanwhile, rebounded from the lone scoreless game of his two-plus seasons in the NBA on Friday night against Atlanta.
Point guard Chris Paul had 13 points and a game-high 16 assists for the Clippers (13-8), who lost for the third time in four games. Reserve guard Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 19 but made just 5-of-18 shots from the field.
Their biggest lead of 37-28 came with 7:36 left in the second quarter, when Irving drove and finished over Clippers center DeAndre Jordan at the rim. But the Clippers charged back behind 10 points from Jordan and seven assists from Paul.
The Cavs broke away from an 18-18 tie early to take a 29-23 lead at the end of the first quarter behind Bynum’s eight points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field. The Cavs also started by hitting three of their first five 3-pointers. Guard Willie Green scored eight points for the Clippers in the first quarter but finished with just 11.
NOTES: Clippers G Chris Paul, F Blake Griffin and C DeAndre Jordan have compiled double-doubles in the same game eight times in their two-plus seasons together (most recently Dec. 1). The Clippers are 5-3 in those games. ... Clippers G Jamal Crawford entered Saturday night as the NBA's top-scoring reserve (15.8 ppg). Cavaliers G Dion Waiters (15.1 ppg) was second. ... Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving is one of just three players in the Eastern Conference to average at least 19 points and five assists per game. ... Irving, in his third season, went scoreless for the first time in his career Friday at Atlanta (0-of-9 shooting from the field). Cavaliers rookie F Anthony Bennett also finished with zero points, marking the first time two former No. 1 overall draft picks went scoreless in the same game for the same team.