CLEVELAND - With just over a minute remaining in a three-point contest, Kyrie Irving, Clevelands lethal late-game weapon, barrel

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CLEVELAND - With just over a minute remaining in a three-point contest, Kyrie Irving, Clevelands lethal late-game weapon, barrelled into the lane as Kyle Lowry stood in his way, positioned above the restricted area. Bobby Ryan Jersey . Mired in an offensive slump, Lowry - the NBAs leader in taking charges this season - did what he has learned to do best, standing his ground and drawing a crucial offensive foul on the Cavaliers all-star point guard. Fast forward 30 seconds to the Cavs next possession, with the home team still trailing by three, Spencer Hawes - one of the leagues best passing big men - threw an interception, intended for Tyler Zeller and picked off by DeMar DeRozan. The Raptors two best players, their two leading scorers, made the two most important plays of Tuesdays 99-93 win over Cleveland. That much is not unusual. Of note though is both of those plays came on the defensive end. "Those defensive plays are deflation plays for the opposition," said Lowry, who struggled with his shot, hitting just three of 15 attempts from the field and misfiring on all nine of his jumpers from three-point range. "Its definitely fun to step up for the team in those situations." Lowry didnt think twice when faced with a split-second decision, one hes made time and time again in high-pressure situations during his breakout campaign. "Those are winning plays," he said, asked about the art of drawing a charge, crediting the tutelage of former teammate Shane Battier, whom he called "one of the best charge takers" in the league. DeRozans steal was just as vital, if not more so, to the teams sixth win in the last seven games and second over Cleveland in a span of five days. "He was like a free safety out there," Lowry said, shortly before DeRozan - in conversation with the media - made yet another reference to Seahawks cornerback and fellow Compton-native Richard Sherman. "I kind of anticipated it, I read the play a little bit," said DeRozan, who also made his share of big offensive plays, scoring 16 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter, adding six assists without turning the ball over. "They ran it earlier in the game. I knew they were going to look for it and I just went for it." Toronto, and DeRozan in particular, has come up short when faced with one final possession, one final shot in the past. Both guards heeded their coachs direction this time around. It didnt come down to a last-second heave. The Raptors won with timely defence. After enjoying a much-improved first quarter following a series of slow starts, the Raptors struggled on both ends of the floor during the meat of the game. Nothing was falling for Lowry - a 39 per cent three-point shooter on the season - and the team was accumulating sloppy turnovers at an uncharacteristically alarming rate for the second straight contest. Almost foreshadowing the nights eventual result, Casey was asked how to prevent his team from allowing its offence to dictate defensive effort prior to the game. "I havent discovered it yet in my 30 years of coaching," he responded. "Its the same in college, [in the] pros and its been that way for a long time. A lot of guys have to see the ball go through the basket to get themselves going on the other end, which you dont want, you preach against but I think its human nature." For at least one night, his team and his point guard bucked that trend. "That was one example of a guy not letting his offence dictate his defence," Casey said of Lowry, who also added nine assists, made all seven of his free-throw attempts and could have drawn a couple more charges if not for a pair of close calls that didnt go his way. "Thats how you have to play," Lowry added. "Youre not going to have great games all the time. Youre not going to shoot 10-for-12 every night or 20-for-30. Youre always going to have some sort of off game but you cant let that stop you from helping your team win a game." Terrence Ross bailed him out offensively, scoring what DeRozan called a "quiet 19 points", knocking down five of his eight shots from long distance. With the win, the Raptors climb seven games above the .500 mark for the first time in six years. It ensures theyll have a winning record for a third consecutive month, accomplishing that feat for the first time since 2007. Mike Condon Jersey .com) - Nino Williams posted 18 points and seven rebounds, as Kansas State edged No. Erik Karlsson Jersey . Blown save in the ninth inning? 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The Kings and Blackhawks then saw their Game 7 meeting go to overtime, where defenseman Alec Martinez punched his clubs ticket to the Cup Finals. Los Angeles knocked off the New York Rangers in five games to win the Stanley Cup. While the Kings were able to defeat the Blackhawks in Chicago to advance in the postseason, theyll probably be glad they are hosting tonights contest. Los Angeles is just 2-4-4 on the road this season compared to 10-2-1 at home, where it will play two straight and three of its next four. The Kings picked up that second road win on Wednesday, salvaging the finale of a three-game swing with a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild. Mike Richards, Dustin Brown, Tyler Toffoli and Justin Williams all scored first-period goals and Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career. Theyre a pretty good rush team and we forced them into turnovers which allowed us to have our own rush game, which is generally how we produce a lot of goals, said Brown. Brown potted the 200th goal of his career, while Williams has three goals and four assists over a six-game point streak. Jones, meanwhile, made back-to-back starts for the first time since Dec. Mark Borowiecki Jersey. 10-11, 2013, but No. 1 Jonathan Quick figures to return to net tonight. Quick is 6-12-1 with a 2.76 goals against average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts in 19 regular-season meetings with the Hawks, including 18 starts. Chicago enters Saturdays showdown having won two straight and five of its last six games. The Blackhawks are 4-1-0 on their six-game swing with the only loss of the trip coming Sunday in Vancouver. Chicago has rebounded from that setback by notching consecutive wins in Colorado and Anaheim. Joel Quennevilles club turned in an impressive win over the Ducks on Friday afternoon, picking up a 4-1 triumph in Orange County. Patrick Kane scored twice while Brad Richards and Andrew Shaw each had a goal and an assist to help fuel Chicagos offense, which has put up 25 goals over the past six contests. The Blackhawks, who are averaging 2.91 goals per game this season, fired 38 shots on net Friday. That start was huge. It seems like things always trend upward for our team when we have good starts like that, said Kane. Corey Crawford, meanwhile, only needed to stop 23 shots to pick up the win for Chicago. Crawford could get a rest tonight as Antti Raanta is expected to make his first appearance since Oct. 25 when he made 28 saves in loss against the Blues. Raanta was slated to start last Saturdays game in Edmonton, but came down with an illness and had to be scratched in favor of Crawford, who has started 17 of the Blackhawks 23 games this season. 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