Kyriediculous: Uncle Drew pours in 57 in win at Spurs
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Ladies and gentlemen, if you didn't get a chance to witness what took place in San Antonio on Thursday night in the NBA, you missed an instant classic, one of the best individual performances in NBA history, and a reason to still have faith in the NBA regular season.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article that said the Cleveland Cavaliers are without a doubt, the team to beat in the NBA, and last night they showed exactly why that is true.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving showed the world why LeBron James didn't have such a hard time when making his decision to return to his hometown Cavaliers this past summer, instead of the Miami Heat.
Irving was absolutely brilliant, he finished the game with 57 points, three rebounds, and five assists. But it was the way he did it, tough, and when I say tough, I mean step back threes with a hand in his face. The Spurs couldn't stop this guy last night, nobody could. Irving was hitting every, and any shot, from all over the court. Irving shot 20/32 from the field, hit all 10 of his free throw attempts, and all seven of his three point attempts. I'd say those are some pretty efficient numbers.
Irving scored nine points in the final minute of regulation, including a mesmerizing pull-up contested three at the buzzer to force overtime. It was truly one of the most impressive individual performances in the Cleveland Cavaliers history. Irving went on to score 11 more points in the overtime period to lead the Cavaliers to a crucial road victory over the Spurs. The win snapped the Spurs six game winning streak.
Irving not only broke his own career-high in points last night, he scored 55 on January 28 against the Portland Trailblazers, but Irving also broke the Cavaliers' franchise record, which was previously held by his running mate LeBron James when he scored 56 points in 2005 against the Raptors. James also chipped in 31 points against the Spurs, and hit a few big shots down the stretch, including a dagger three with 22 seconds remaining that put the game on ice.
This was a huge win for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and just more proof of why nobody should doubt this team come playoff time. When you have guys like James, and Irving, who can take over a game at anytime, you can't be taken lightly, even on the road playing against the defending champions, and the Spurs learned the hard way last night.
This was without a doubt, the game of the year in the NBA in terms of regular season play, and it gives all of us basketball junkies some hope for regular season games after all. If this happened in the NBA finals it would have topped James game five performance against Detroit in 2007, when he scored 24 of the Cavaliers final 25 points. One thing is for sure, with James and Irving on the court together, the sky is the limit for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Taylor Rosen is a junior at Kent State University. He spent time with The Stater covering Kent State football and basketball. Taylor is from Cleveland, and has Cleveland sports under a microscope. Follow him on Twitter: @T_Rosen11