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           === Irving's clutch 3-pointer lifts Cavs over Raptors ===
 
 Toronto,  ON (Sports Network) - Kyrie Irving's 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left
 lifted  the  Cleveland Cavaliers  to a  99-98 win over  the Toronto Raptors on
 Saturday.
 
 Following  a Jose  Calderon  layup with  12.6 seconds  left,  Irving took  the
 inbounds  pass and  casually strolled  up court.  As the  seconds ticked  away
 Irving took one step to the basket then pulled up from well-behind the arc for
 the game-winner.
 
 Calderon  then tried  to throw a lob  from the left sideline, but the pass was
 stolen  by  Alonzo Gee and the  Cavs held on for their second come-from-behind
 victory in as many days. They've won a season-best three in a row.
 
 Irving,  who was  named to his first All-Star Game earlier this week, finished
 with a game-high 32 points and has combined for 107 points over his last three
 contests.
 
 Newly-acquired  Marreese  Speights scored 17  points off the bench and Tristan
 Thompson added 14 points and eight rebounds for Cleveland.
 
 Amir Johnson led the Raptors with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Alan Anderson
 finished  with 17 points. Ed Davis scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds,
 and  DeMar  DeRozan scored 15  for Toronto, which has  dropped six of its last
 eight games.
 
 The  Cavs  opened the  fourth quarter  with a  14-4 surge  to take their first
 lead since the first quarter at 80-79.
 
 The  teams traded  blows from there until Irving's layup put Cleveland on top,
 92-87 with just over 3 1/2 minutes left.
 
 Toronto, though, rallied for a 7-2 swing to tie the game at 94-94 and took the
 lead back when Anderson found Johnson streaking down the lane with 1:16 left.
 
 Thompson  couldn't handle a  pass from  Irving in  the lane  on the Cavs' next
 possession,  but  the rookie  out of Texas  was able to  redeem himself with a
 block that led to Irving's fastbreak layup to tie the game at 96-96.
 
 The  teams  traded blows  for most  of the  first quarter  until a Calderon 3-
 pointer  near  the midway point  of the  frame sparked a  13-2 run to give the
 Raptors  a 23-13 advantage. The Cavs, though, outscored Toronto  6-2  the rest
 of the way to go into the second quarter trailing 25-19.
 
 The  Raptors stretched  their lead  to  double-digits at  31-20  following  an
 Anderson  jumper,  but Cleveland used  a 16-9 swing  to pull within 40-36 with
 5:22 left in the first half.
 
 Toronto  responded with an 8-2 push to take a 48-38 lead at the 2:16 mark, but
 the Cavaliers were able to close the gap to 50-46 at the break.
 
 Cleveland  shaved  its deficit  to  two  points  several  times in  the  third
 quarter,  but Johnson's layup with 6 1/2 minutes left sparked an 11-5 burst to
 give  the Raptors  a 67-59  lead and  took a  75-66 advantage  into the  final
 period.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Irving  has scored  at least 31 points in  four of his last five games and has
 posted nine games with 30-plus points ... Wayne Ellington scored 12 points off
 the  bench in  the win ... The  Cavs shot 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from 3-point
 range  ... Cleveland guard Daniel Gibson suffered a sprained toe on his right
 foot in the second quarter and did not return to the game. X-rays were taken
 at the arena and came back negative ... Cavs forward Luke Walton was a late
 scratch with a sore left foot and ankle ... The  Raptors lost for just  the
 third time in their last nine games with Cleveland.
 
 
 01/26 23:12:41 ET

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