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Cavs-Dubs Xmas Highlights: Kyrie Irving’s winning shot; Richard Jefferson tripped KD; Russell Westbrook thanked ‘Kyrie’

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LeBron James, Kyle Korver
LeBron James, Kyle Korver

Kyrie Irving hit another heroic shot to help the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Golden State Warriors, 109-108, on their Christmas matchup at Quicken Loans Arena.

After blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Warriors faced the Cavaliers for the first time this season. The Warriors managed to upgrade their roster with the acquisition of Kevin Durant in the recent offseason. As a “Super Team”, some people believed that they now have a higher chance to beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

In their much-awaited face off, the Warriors took advantage early in the game, not letting the Cavaliers grab the lead. They continued their dominance in the fourth quarter where they managed to stretch the lead to 14 points. However, the Warriors were caught in a familiar situation after Kyrie Irving held the ball for the Cavaliers.

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With 13.5 seconds remaining in the game, the Cavaliers trusted Irving the ball as the Warriors led by one point. Klay Thompson tried to stop him, but Irving managed to knock down a two-point shot, giving the Cavaliers the lead. The Warriors didn’t lose hope and assigned Kevin Durant to take the final shot.

JEFFERSON TRIPPED KD, AN UNCALLED FOUL?

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Unfortunately, Durant lost his balance coming off a screen and was unable to take a decent shot. The 28-year-old small forward believed he was fouled by Richard Jefferson.

“I was trying to make a move,” he said. “I didn’t fall on my own.”

However, for Klay Thompson, the Warriors lost the game because of relying too much on KD, who scored game-high 36 points.

“It’s embarrassing, honestly,” Klay Thompson told ESPN.com after the game. “Up 14 in the fourth quarter and we just played not very intelligent at all. We’ve got to help out KD. We put too much on his shoulders.”

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CAVS FINALLY HAVE A “REAL BIG THREE”

After the Cavs won their first NBA championship title, some people believed that Kevin Love should be traded somewhere else. In his first two seasons in Cleveland, Love failed to prove that he’s a good fit with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. However, in the recent season, Love continues to improve his performance and finally making a huge impact for the Cavaliers.

In their game against the Warriors, Cavs’ “Big Three” all scored double digits. James notched 31 points, and season-high 13 rebounds, Irving added 25 points, and Love had 20 points. One regular season game may not define what will happen throughout the season. But it shows that the Cavaliers have the ability to defend their throne even against a “Super Team”.

WESTBROOK SAYS “THANK YOU” TO KYRIE IRVING FOR BEATING KD, DUBS

After the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder released a video on their social media account, promoting Russell Westbrook as an All-Star candidate. However, at the end of the video, Westbrook shouted something about the Warriors-Cavs game.

Some people believed that Westbrook thanked Kyrie Irving for beating Kevin Durant and the Warriors. However, the 28-year-old point guard made it clear that what he said was “Thank You, Jamie” and not “Thank You, Kyrie”.

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