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