Sunday January 27th, 2013

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By Ben Golliver

Making an NBA All-Star Game before your 21st birthday is no easy task, but Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving specializes in making the difficult look routine. He was at it again on Saturday night, delivering a 99-98 win over the Raptors in Toronto with a last-second, game-winning three-pointer.

With the Raptors leading the Cavaliers 98-96 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, Irving brought the ball up the court, milking the clock for a final shot. Raptors forward Alan Anderson gave Irving some room to work, perhaps expecting a drive to the hoop to force overtime. The cushion was more than enough to convince Irving to simply raise up from deep, and he pulled the trigger on a three-pointer from two steps behind the arc, burying the shot with just 0.7 remaining in regulation. The Raptors could not get off a shot on the ensuing possession.

Irving finished with a game-high 32 points, five assists, four rebounds and one steal in 38 minutes. Amir Johnson led the Raptors with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cavaliers improved to 13-32 with the victory; the Raptors dropped to 16-28 with the loss. Video via YouTube user PJ Browne

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