Kyrie Irving was calm and confident when he stepped to the foul line with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock Sunday night.
''I imagined myself back in my backyard,'' he said. ''I felt like it was a routine situation for me. There was a little bit of pressure, but I was prepared for it.''
Irving, looking like a seasoned pro instead of a 19-year-old rookie, hit two clutch free throws to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 93-92 win over Sacramento that extended the Kings' losing streak to five games.
The Cavaliers bounced back from Friday night's embarrassing 111-87 home loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat, after which Cleveland coach Byron Scott questioned his team's toughness. While the Cavaliers failed to hold a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, they showed some much-needed grit down the stretch in a game that was tied 17 times and featured 19 lead changes.
''We got a little lucky tonight,'' Scott said. ''That's all I can say.''
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