Cavs edge Raptors behind Kyrie Irving’s game-winner
Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Kyrie Irving scored 35 points and knocked down a go-ahead trey with nine seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers booked their third straight win with a 99-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Center.
The Cavaliers are slowly creating some buzz after garnering their third consecutive win for the first time this season.
Irving, selected to play for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, was again on the forefront of the Cavs attack and once again saved the day for his team.
Down by two points, 98-96, with 12.9 seconds left, Irving sunk a long trey from the top of the three-point arc to give the Cavs a one-point lead with ninr seconds left.
The Raptors tried to execute their game-winning play of their own, but Alonzo Gee picked off a poor pass from Jose Calderon to preserve the win.
The Cavs were trailing the Raptors thought the first three quarters until Irving and company unleashed a 33-23 run in the fourth quarter.
The Cavs also got solid contributions from new teammates Marreese Speights (17 points and 5 rebounds) and Wayne Ellington (12 points), who were part of the multi-player deal between the Cavs and Memphis Grizzlies last week.
Amir Johnson starred for the Raps with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Alan Anderson was productive off the bench with 17 markers.
The Cavs improved their slate to 13-32 while the Raptors fell to 16-28.