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Kyrie Irving's jumper lifts Cleveland Cavaliers over Golden State Warriors

Kyrie Irving's jumper lifts Cavaliers over Warriors
By Reuters

26/12/2016 at 14:20

Dec 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Kyrie Irving's turnaround jumper over Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds left gave the Cavs a thrilling 109-108 victory on Sunday in an NBA Finals rematch after Cleveland trailed by 14 earlier in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors led most of the game and extended their lead to 94-80 with LeBron James resting on the bench early in the fourth.

But James' rim-rattling dunk with 1:43 left gave the Cavs a 105-103 lead -- their first since early in the first quarter -- and Irving finished off the stunning comeback with a turnaround jumper.

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It was reminiscent of his championship-winning three-pointer in the final minute of Game 7 in June when Cleveland became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to stun Golden State.

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Irving finished with 25 points, while James had 31 points and 13 rebounds. Kevin Love had 20 points and six rebounds.

Golden State's Kevin Durant scored 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but could not get off a chance at a game winner following Irving's basket.

Golden State inbounded to Durant, who got tangled up with Richard Jefferson and lost his balance. He fell to the floor on a no-call as time ran out.

Klay Thompson scored 24 points and Draymond Green had 16 points while fighting foul trouble.

Steph Curry scored 15 points on 4 of 11 shooting, although his three-pointer with 1:14 left put the Warriors ahead 108-105.

Curry turned to the crowd with three fingers raised in celebration, but much like in June, the Cavs were not finished.

James scored 15 points in the third quarter to keep Cleveland close and Irving scored 14 in the fourth to finish off the comeback.

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