Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Irving Sinks Three with Less Than a Second Left to Lift Cavs to Win over Raptors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Irving Sinks Three with Less Than a Second Left to Lift Cavs to Win over Raptors

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Irving's late three lifts Cavs over Raptors


TORONTO - The Raptors had their hands full with Kyrie Irving all game long, but it was the almost lackadaisical three he drained in the blink of an eye that completely ruined Toronto's night.

Cleveland's all-star point guard hit a three with 0.9 seconds left as part of a 32-point performance, and the Cavaliers edged the Raptors 99-98 on Saturday.

"Kyrie threw up a bomb, he made a hell of a shot," Toronto's Amir Johnson said.

With the clock ticking down and the Raptors thinking overtime at worst, Irving -- named an Eastern Conference reserve for next month's all-star game -- calmly walked up the court and chucked up a 30-foot shot over Alan Anderson.

"(Anderson) was at the three-point line. I (he paused to chuckle) was a little bit further back," irving said.

Johnson topped Toronto (16-28) with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Anderson added 17 points, Ed Davis finished with 16, DeMar DeRozan scored 15 and Jose Calderon added 10.

Marreese Speights finished with 17 for the Cavs (13-32), who've won three in a row.

Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont., the highest Canadian ever taken in the NBA draft -- No. 4 in 2011 -- had 14 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes for Cleveland.

"Mom's not going to spank me tonight," Thompson joked about getting a win in his hometown.

The Raptors -- dressed in their camo uniforms in honour of the Canadian Forces -- led almost the entire game and took a nine-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

But the Cavs raced out on a 12-0 run early in the final quarter, eliciting groans from the Air Canada Centre crowd of 18,820 fans that have seen too many late-game collapses from Toronto of late.

"I think we played well enough to win this game, it's a tough one," Calderon said. "(Irving) made a great three. . . but still, we shouldn't have got in that situation."

Irving's jumper with 3:38 to go put the Cavs up by five -- Cleveland's biggest lead of the game. Raptors rookie Terrence Ross was big down the stretch, draining a pair of threes, and a layup with 2:11 that tied the game at 94-94.

A Ross rebound led to a dunk by Johnson that gave the Raptors the lead with 1:16 to play. …

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