Irving's shot hands Cavs Christmas gift

CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (left) passes over Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (left) passes over Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry. Tony Dejak

BASKETBALL: Aussie-born Kyrie Irving did it again.

With 3.4 seconds remaining in the traditional Christmas Day fixture, the superstar point guard hit a fade-away jump shot to give the Cavaliers the lead over the Warriors; a basket, reminiscent of the clutch shot he hit in game seven of the 2016 NBA finals.

Kevin Durant lost his balance on the ensuing play, sealing the Cavaliers' 109-108 victory, with the defending champions winning the first of two finals rematches this season.

Irving (pictured above left) finished the game with 25 points, 10 assists, seven steals, and six rebounds, while LeBron James led the way for the Cavaliers with 31 points and 13 rebounds.

For the Warriors - who led by as many as 14 points in the final period - Durant finished with a game-high 36 points and 15 rebounds. The Cavs trailed 94-80 early in the fourth quarter before rallying before a rowdy Christmas crowd.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Triumph of dreams ... it all started with one bike

A CLASSIC: Meerschaum Vale's Col McAndrew with his Triumph 1956 Speed Twin which he will show at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's Show and Shine at Alstonville Plaza on March 18.

Col has six classic bikes; 100 expected at show

Local Partners