Cavaliers 109, Warriors 108: Without Any Title at Stake, Cavaliers Relive Rally Past Warriors


Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) between the Warriors’ Draymond Green and Stephen Curry in Sunday’s rematch of the N.B.A. finals. With 3.4 seconds left, Irving would deliver the game winner.

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CLEVELAND — With another clutch shot, Kyrie Irving took the Warriors on a trip down memory lane.

Irving dropped a short turnaround jumper over Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds left on Sunday as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied just the way they did in June’s N.B.A. finals to defeat the Golden State Warriors, 109-108, in a marquee matchup that more than lived up to the hype.

Down by 14 early in the fourth quarter, the Cavs chipped away and then put the ball in the hands of Irving, whose step-back 3-pointer over Stephen Curry on June 19 helped seal Game 7 of the finals and gave Cleveland its first major pro sports championship since 1964.

This time, Irving went deep into the lane before spinning and making his shot over Thompson, one of the league’s best defenders.

“The kid is special,” LeBron James said of Irving. “It was…

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