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Mavericks recap: LeBron-less Cavaliers edge Dallas 99-98

Dallas Mavericks’ Justin Anderson, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova, from Australia, battle for a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Cleveland.
Dallas Mavericks’ Justin Anderson, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova, from Australia, battle for a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Cleveland. AP

Why the Mavs lost: Despite playing without LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers still had more than enough to beat the Dallas Mavericks.

Kyrie Irving poured in a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds left and the Cavs held on to defeat the Mavs, 99-98, Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Thus, the Mavs finished this short road trip with a 1-1 record.

The Mavs fell down by 20 points, but had several chances to tie the game or take a lead. The final nail came when Devin Harris turned the ball over on a pass intedned for Dirk Nowitzki with the Mavs down 97-95 with five seconds left.

From there, Irving buried two free throws, which made the 3-pointer Deron Williams banked in at the buzzer a non-factor.

Key players: Kyrie Irvin scored 33 points, Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 rebounds, Channing Frye tallied 14 points and J. R. Smith collected 13 points.

Key stat: The Cavs beat the Mavs on the boards, 48-32

Records: Mavs 34-34, Cavs 48-19

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