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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Cleveland Cavaliers found out before Thursdays game that they would be without LeBron James. Kanken Mini Backpack Sale UK .They couldnt have found a less sympathetic opponent. Oklahoma City, which struggled without injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the first month of the season, took advantage of the short-handed Cavaliers with a 103-94 victory.James sat out with left knee soreness, and without him, Clevelands winning streak ended at eight games. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said before the game that James injury wasnt too serious, and he would be day-to-day.Oklahoma City still expected a tough game because Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are capable players.We told them right from the start theyre a good team, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. Theyve got two All-Stars on the court that are really good, and theyre going to have an opportunity to have the ball in their hands even more. We knew they were going to compete. We werent taking them lightly.Oklahoma Citys now-healthy dynamic duo took control as Westbrook scored 26 points on 12-for-24 shooting with eight assists and seven rebounds, and Durant scored 19 points.Irving scored 20 points for Cleveland, but he made just 7 of 21 shots while struggling to finish against the ultra-athletic Westbrook.The Thunder have won six of seven after a 3-12 start.Were growing, Durant said. Every single game, you can see defensively, offensively, were starting to catch a stride. Weve just got to continue to do it.Love had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers.Cleveland had another injury scare in the first half. With 1:31 left in the second quarter, Irving jumped to contest a shot by Westbrook, and his knee connected with Westbrooks knee on the way down. A lot went through Blatts head as he watched Irving writhe on the floor in front of the Thunder bench.Fear. Worry. Concern. And hope, which ultimately won the day, Blatt said. Theres a great saying in Russian ... Hope dies last. Thank goodness he got up and he was able to play.Irving expects to play at New Orleans on Friday.It will definitely stiffen up on me, without a doubt, but I plan on playing tomorrow, he said. It just depends on how it feels in the morning. But as of right now, Im going to gut it out, no matter what.A 10-0 run by the Thunder, featuring 3-pointers by Serge Ibaka and Anthony Morrow, gave Oklahoma City a 67-57 lead in the third quarter.Durant, who had been quiet for most of the game, found Morrow for a 3-pointer, then made a 3 himself to help Oklahoma City take a 78-66 lead into the fourth quarter. A step-back jumper, then a 3 by Jackson bumped Oklahoma Citys lead to 83-66.Cleveland made a final push to make it close in the final minutes. A tip-in by Thompson cut Oklahoma Citys lead to 95-91 with two minutes to play before Oklahoma City held on.TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook made 5 of 7 shots in the first quarter while his teammates made 3 of 15. ... Durant, last years scoring champion, went scoreless in the first quarter. ... F Perry Jones, who has been battling a right knee contusion, did not play. ... Ibaka fouled out with seven points.Cavaliers: Matthew Dellavedova started in James spot. He finished with 14 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers. ... Cleveland made 10 of 22 shots in the first quarter, but just 21 of 63 the rest of the game.PIVOTAL MOMENTOklahoma Citys 20-point second second-half lead was trimmed to four with two minutes to play before Durant dunked on a post-up, then hit a fade-away to push the lead back out to eight with 1:14 to play. He scored eight points in the final 1:45.Thats what he does, Westbrook said. I mean, hes been doing that, and thats why hes the MVP. He does that every night, and tonight, you could see he was getting his rhythm back, and he closed the game for us.SURPRISE VISITJames made a stop in Oklahoma Citys locker room after the game to talk to Durant. He asked security permission for entry, then left out a back exit. Media was allowed into the locker room after about 5 minutes. When asked if he could describe the conversation, Durant simply said, No.UP NEXTThunder: At Minnesota on Friday.Cavaliers: At New Orleans on Friday.___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP. Kanken Bag Sale UK . 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Kanken Big Backpack Uk .com) - Bradley Beals 22 points and seven rebounds helped the Washington Wizards erase a halftime deficit and top the Utah Jazz, 93-84, on Sunday.Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes and C.J. Anderson shined once again running the ball as the Denver Broncos led wire-to-wire in a 29-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Manning passed for a season-low 179 yards on 17-of-34 efficiency, but Anderson was the story in Denvers 11th straight road win against an AFC West foe. The second-year running back out of California rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 32 carries, a week after gashing up Miamis defense for 167 in a win over the Dolphins. Andersons last two games were the two best rushing performances this season. Montee Ball, who started the season as Denvers lead back, had a season-high 67 yards in Week 1 and Ronnie Hillman went for 109 yards on Oct. 23. Demaryius Thomas and Anderson caught TD passes and Connor Barth, who Denver (9-3) signed on Tuesday to replace rookie kicker Brandon McManus, went 5- for-5 on field goals in his debut with the team. McManus was waived after hitting just 3-for-6 over his last five games. Alex Smith threw two touchdowns and an interception for Kansas City (7-5), which lost its second straight game on the heels of a five-game win streak. The Chiefs finished with just 11 first downs and only converted 1-of-9 on third down. The Broncos got everything they wanted on their first drive following a three- and-out from Kansas City to start the game. Anderson carried four straight times for 26 yards to start the series before Manning found Emmanuel Sanders for a 20-yard gain. Two plays later, Manning floated a pass toward the left pylon and Thomas chased it down, opening the scoring with his ninth TD of the season. Denver turned another Chiefs punt into points on its next series. Sanders was tackled hard by Justin Houston behind the line of scrimmage to set up 3rd- and-11 from the Kansas City 15, but the Broncos had the perfect play dialed up. Manning dumped off a quick pass to Anderson out of the backfield, and he beat Houston to the end zone to make it 14-0. Kansas City finished the first quarter with negative-10 yards, the lowest total in the NFL this season. Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack Ochre. Early in the second, Denver picked up a first down near midfield after lining up in punt formation on 4th-and-7 and snapping directly to David Bruton. Bruton ran to his left for 13 yards. The fake punt led to a short Barth field goal and 17-0 lead. The Chiefs finally picked up a first down eight minutes into the second, with Smith finding Dwayne Bowe for 10 yards. Jamaal Charles then ran for 11 yards on 4th-and-1 before back-to-back completions down the field to tight ends led to a touchdown. Travis Kelce ran a slant for 19 yards to set up Anthony Fasanos 20-yard touchdown. Barth hit again from 24 yards to send the Broncos into halftime with a 20-7 advantage. Cairo Santos and Barth traded field goals in the third, but neither team found the end zone in the stanza. Barth kicked a 33-yarder on the fourth play of the fourth quarter as the lead grew to 26-10. Less than three minutes later, Charles 12-yard touchdown catch capped a brief 7-play, 62-yard trek that gave the Chiefs life. However, the ensuing two-point conversion failed as Smiths throw across his body to Fasano was knocked away. One more Barth field goal, a 37-yarder with 7:33 remaining, put the finishing touches on Denvers win. Game Notes Denver improved to 6-0 against the Chiefs with Manning under center ... Denver tight end Julius Thomas missed his second straight game with an ankle injury ... DeMarcus Ware, who also had an interception, passed Kansas City great Derrick Thomas for 14th on the all-time sack list. He has 127 for his career ... Manning is now 30-3 against quarterbacks who were drafted No. 1 overall ... The Chiefs havent allowed a 300-yard passer in 14 straight regular-season games ... Houston had Kansas Citys only sack. He leads the NFL with 14.0 sacks ... Barth was away from football last season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in 2012. ' ' '