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TORONTO — Kyrie Irving cemented himself as a go-to late-game shooter in last year’s NBA Finals.
On Friday night, he picked up where he left off.
Irving scored 26 points and hit a go-ahead 3 with 44.3 seconds remaining, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers over the DeMar DeRozan and Toronto Raptors94-91 in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals.
Irving made a tiebreaking 3 with 53 seconds left in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, helping Cleveland win its first title with a historic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.
Friday’s make helped Cleveland survive a 32-point effort from DeRozan. Irving was 5 for 9 from beyond the arc and dismissed comparisons from reporters to his winning 3 in the Finals.
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