DALLAS: LeBron James had 27 points and the go-ahead layup in overtime, Kyrie Irving added 22 points and some big 3-pointers and the Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 110-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesdaynight. James’ layup with a minute left in overtime pushed the Cavs ahead 106-105. After an attempted 3 by Deron Williams rattled out for Dallas, Irving beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Cleveland never led until Irving made a 3-pointer with 10 minutes left in regulation to make it 75-74. That was the first of nine lead changes over a span of less than 4 minutes that Irving capped with another 3 to put the Cavs up 85-83. Chandler Parsons led Dallas with a season-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The game was tied at 95 after James made a drive through the Mavs for an emphatic two-handed slam with 20 seconds left in regulation, though he didn’t get the foul he wanted.
Dallas then had the ball in Dirk Nowitzki’s hands for a possible final shot to win in regulation, but Iman Shumpert stripped the ball free and the Cavs had less than a second after a timeout.Shumpert had another similar play late in overtime, getting the ball away from Williams, who finished with 16 points and 10 assists. Seven Cleveland players scored in double figures, while six Mavericks did.
Quarter by quarter
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Total
Cleveland 22 25 20 28 15 110
Dallas 25 27 20 23 12 107