Kyrie Irving sank a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds left and the Cavs defeated the Kings 93-92 for their second win in their last five games.
After DeMarcus Cousins hit a reverse layup to put the Kings up 92-91 with 2.9 seconds left, Irving inbounded the ball to Antawn Jamison coming out of a timeout and immediately got it back. He was fouled on a drive to the basket by Tyreke Evans and made both free throws for his second game-winning basket of the season.
Irving, an 84 percent free throw shooter, had 23 points and Jamison had 21 for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.
The Kings had two chances to win it following Irving’s free throws. Evans inbounded the first time to the basket, but the clock started early when the ball hit the rim before anyone touched it. Officials gave the Kings another chance, but Cousins missed a shot at the buzzer.
Rookie Isaiah Thomas had 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Marcus Thornton had 21 poins and Cousins had 19 for the Kings.
Reserve forward J.J. Hickson, who said before the game he was unhappy he was traded by the Cavs to the Kings last summer, was scoreless in 17 minutes. Cavs forward Omri Casspi, whom the Cavs acquired for Hickson, had a career-high 12 rebounds.