Irving lifts Cavs over 76ers 127-125 in 2OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm •  Published: November 9, 2013
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving wasn't about to come up short a third time.

Irving, who missed potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation and the first overtime, scored on a layup with 0.6 seconds remaining in the second extra session to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers a 127-125 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

"Thirty-three percent isn't bad, I'd take that any day," said Irving, who scored a season-high 39 points.

Irving's winning basket ended a wild 22 minutes of play that saw Cleveland rally from a 10-point deficit to begin the fourth quarter and Philadelphia tie the game late in regulation and in the first overtime. The Cavaliers led 125-122 after Irving hit two free throws with 21.1 seconds left in the second OT, but rookie Michael Carter-Williams tied the game with a 3-pointer from the top of the key over Irving with 11.3 seconds remaining.

The Cavaliers called timeout and chose to take the ball the length of the floor. Irving took the inbounds pass, avoided a double team near the top of the key, drove the lane and scored on a left-handed layup.

"The middle was wide open," Irving said.

"He's a spectacular player," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "When you have a guy like Kyrie, you're going to have plenty of opportunities to win. Each time I thought he took the right shot. I applaud him to try to close the game the right way. When the game was on the line, we put the ball in his hands to go get it for us."

Sixers coach Brett Brown gave Irving full credit.

"Kyrie is just incredibly elusive and skilled," he said. "We tried to bring our bigs out to corral him and try and double-(team), but you really can't corral him and keep in front of him. He is such an unusual player to guard, you don't see too many like him in the NBA. Kevin Durant is one of the few other ones."

Philadelphia called timeout, but Carter-Williams' inbounds pass went out of bounds.

Thaddeus Young's lay-in with 5.5 seconds remaining tied the game in regulation and Evan Turner's baseline drive tied it with 8.7 seconds left in the first overtime.

Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Jarrett Jack added 20 for the Cavaliers in the second game of the home-and-home set.

Turner led the Sixers with 31 points and Young had 29.

"That was a great NBA game," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. "The only negative is that we lost. I told our guys how proud I am of them because they continued to fight and find any way possible to win."

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