CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Maybe Meat Loaf had it wrong. One out of three ain’t that bad, either.
After two shots to send the fans home happy failed to find the bottom of the basket, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving tested the “third time is the charm” logic.
And just like the saying indicates, the third chance was truly charmed.
Irving’s bucket with 0.6 seconds left lifted the Cavs over the Philadelphia 76ers in double overtime, 127-125.
“The Sixers did a great job of crowding the paint (in the first two shots),” Irving said. “At the end, they came for a double team, it fell right into my hands… Lucky enough, I made the shot.”
The Cavs point guard had final shot opportunities at the end of regulation and the first overtime. Despite good looks at the hoop, Irving was not able to drain the game-winner in his first two shots.
Still, given three chances to net a game-winner, you have to like your chances of Irving landing one.
“33% isn’t bad,” Irving joked. “I’ll take that any day.”
“I was shocked it got to three,” head coach Mike Brown said. “He’s a spectacular player. Each time, I thought he took the right shot. I applaud him for trying to finish or close the game the right way.”
“We put it in his hands so he could have an opportunity to go get it. He got it for us.”
Irving finished with 39 points, five rebounds and tied a career-high in assists with 12.
He shot 15-for-33 from the field including 5-for-12 beyond the three-point arc in an incredible 48 minutes of action.
– Twitter @TJZuppe
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