Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving netted a season-best 39
points, including the go-ahead layup with 0.6 seconds remaining, to lift the
Cleveland Cavaliers to a 127-125 double-overtime win over the Philadelphia
After rookie Michael Carter-Williams' step-back 3-pointer from the left wing
knotted the contest with 11.3 seconds left, Irving finally made a last-second
He missed potential game-winning attempts at the end of regulation and first
overtime before getting one more chance. He took the inbounds pass, eluded a
76ers double team at the top of the key, drove past Carter-Williams with the
left-handed dribble along the left wing and converted the lefty lay-in.
Carter-Williams threw the ensuing inbounds pass out of bounds following a
Thaddeus Young's layup with 5.5 ticks evened the tilt in regulation and Evan
Turner's right baseline drive with 8.7 seconds to go in the first extra frame
sent the contest into double overtime.
Irving added 12 assists, Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Jarrett Jack netted
20 points for Cleveland, which lost the opener of this home-and-home set in
Philadelphia Friday night.
Cavs center Andrew Bynum did not play so he could rest his sore knees. The
seven-footer was booed vehemently in his return to Philadelphia Friday when he
tallied four points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.
Turner led the Sixers with 31 points, while Young poured in 29.
Spencer Hawes' layup cut the Philadelphia deficit to 106-105 with 32.4 ticks
in regulation before the Cavs took the clock down at the other end. Jack's
left corner triple clanked off the front rim, but Tristan Thompson came up
with a key offensive rebound. He split a pair of free throws with 10.5 seconds
left to make it 107-105.
Young, though, used a quick first step from the high right post to get past
Thompson before getting his awkward lefty layup to drop.
Cleveland built a 116-109 cushion in the first OT with 1:35 left before the
resilient Sixers rallied.
The Cavs led 30-27 after a quarter of play and took a 53-48 edge into the
Philly, though, outscored the hosts 37-22 in the third and entered the fourth
with an 85-75 advantage.
Cavs rookie forward Anthony Bennett didn't score a point in nine minutes of
action. He is 1-of-21 from the field this season ... Sixers center Daniel
Orton missed his second straight game with a sore right knee.
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