Irving’s buzzer-beater lifts Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 99-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
Headed to his first All-Star game, Irving added to his credentials by calmly draining a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to send the Cavaliers to their third straight win.
Irving finished with 32 points and Marreese Speights had 17 for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson scored 14 and Wayne Ellington had 12.
Toronto had five players in double figures. Amir Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Alan Anderson scored 17 and Ed Davis finished with 16.
The Raptors had won seven of their previous nine meetings with the Cavaliers.
Anderson’s layup to begin the fourth gave the Raptors an 11-point lead but Ellington hit two 3-pointers as Cleveland answered with a 12-2 run, cutting it to 79-78 with 9:21 left.
The Cavaliers took their first lead since the first quarter on a layup by Thompson, but Terrence Ross restored Toronto’s lead with a 3 less than a minute later.
The Raptors led 98-96 with 12 seconds to go. The Cavaliers then called timeout and Irving made the decisive 3 while topping 30 points for the third straight game.
DeMar DeRozan, whose buzzer-beating jump shot gave Toronto a 97-95 victory at Orlando on Thursday, got off to a strong start, making six of his first seven field-goal attempts.