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Final: Cavs 88, Celtics 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 29, 2012

Kyrie Irving’s drive and basket with 2.6 seconds left gave the Cavs a stunning 88-87 road win at the Boston Celtics on Sunday after the Cavs trailed by 10 with five minutes left.

The Celtics didn’t have a field goal over the game’s final 4:58 and the Cavs slowly chipped their way back. After missing two open looks, the Cavs retained possession with 22 seconds left when Anderson Varejao dove for a loose ball and the Cavs called timeout.

After the timeout, Irving stood at the top of the key and dribbled the clock under seven seconds before he split defenders Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass and flipped in a layup with his left hand. He had a similar game-winning attempt earlier this season at Indiana and missed.

Irving had 23 points and six assists and Varejao had a season-high 18 points for the Cavs, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.

The loss spoiled the return of Ray Allen, who missed three games with an injured left ankle. Allen had 22 points and Paul Pierce had 18, but Pierce missed a contested look at the buzzer that would’ve given the Celtics the victory.

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