OKLAHOMA CITY -- LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were all in the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, less than 24 hours after Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the team's Big 3 would "probably" all rest.
The Cavs, playing their fourth game on the road in six nights, lost 118-109.
"Nothing changed," Lue told reporters before the game. "It's just I said I wanted to see how the guys felt, and they feel pretty good. We're playing some pretty good basketball right now and they just want to keep it rolling. So all three guys say they feel pretty good, and we got a good thing going, so why not keep it going?"
In other words, the players likely convinced Lue to let them play, as Cleveland had won six of its seven previous games.
A day after the Cavs' 132-117 win at Indiana, James had 18 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Irving poured in a team-high 28 points, and Love added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
James, who is tied for the league lead at 37.7 minutes per game, played 41 minutes Thursday.
"Coming off a back to back, they gave us everything they had," he said. "We go home extremely proud of what we did on this road trip. ... We're happy to go home to our fans on Saturday, and we can't wait to get home."
Whether the Cavs' Big 3 would sit or start wasn't something that went overlooked by the Thunder, who snapped a four-game losing streak to Cleveland on Thursday.
"There was a lot of drama going on before the game,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "Who's playing? Who's not playing. They're in. They're out. They may play. It looks like they're going to play. I just really told our guys, even in shootaround this morning, it's about what we need to do, and we need to understand personnel like we do for every scout."
Cleveland was without Iman Shumpert, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.
Derrick Williams, signed by the defending champs Thursday afternoon to a 10-day contract, was thrown into the fire immediately, scoring 12 points in his Cavs debut.
"He can play the 3 and the 4," Lue said of Williams. "He's a good defender on-ball. Has athleticism. So, I'll just try to work him in with that second unit, let LeBron handle it, let him play off LeBron a little bit with [Kyle] Korver and those guys and just see how we can get him acclimated."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.