James, Irv­ing rally Cava­liers past War­riors

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

CLEVE­LAND | Kyrie Irv­ing dropped a fade­way jumper over Klay Thomp­son with 3.4 sec­onds left and the Cleve­land Cava­liers came back on Golden State just like they did last June in the NBA Fi­nals, beat­ing the War­riors 109-108 on Sun­day.

The Cavs trailed 94-80 early in the fourth quar­ter be­fore ral­ly­ing be­fore a rowdy Christ­mas crowd. And as was the Case in the Fi­nals, it was Irv­ing, who made a 3-pointer in the fi­nal minute of Game 7, who made the big­gest bas­ket.

Golden State had one last chance but Kevin Du­rant lost his balance while com­ing off a screen and couldn’t get off a shot as time ex­pired.

LeBron James had 31 points Irv­ing scored 25 for the Cavs, who were down 3-1 in last sea­son’s Fi­nals be­fore win­ning three straight and the cham­pi­onship — the first for a Cleve­land team since 1964. Du­rant, mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance in the league’s hottest ri­valry, scored 36 and Thomp­son had 24.

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