The game of the year happened last night in the NBA (and nope, I’m not talking about Knicks-Lakers.)
The Cavs stunned the Spurs 128-125 in overtime as Kyrie Irving poured in a career-high 57 points (an NBA season-high) and was obviously flat out ridiculous. ICYMI, watch his full highlights above including his game-tying 3 over Kawhi Leonard that sent the game to overtime.
And check out my full thoughts on Kyrie, the true game of the year, and more over at Hardwood Paroxysm here.
No LeBron James, no problem for Uncle Drew.
Kyrie Irving stepped up big for the Cavs with James nursing a sprained wrist sustained in last night’s game versus the Pistons. At home tonight to take on the Blazers, the Cavs also dealt with another injury to a member of their big 3: Kevin Love. He hurt his knee but played through it, unfortunately ineffectively to the tune of 3-15 shooting.
So Kyrie stepped up, and got buckets. *Kevin Hart voice*
His 55 points came on 11 (eleven!) 3 pointers, including one that broke a 94-94 tie with 7 seconds left. Kyrie’s clutch play has been well-documented since his rookie year and tonight it was on full display. Lillard tried to match Kyrie’s 3 on the other end and surprisingly missed. 2 more FTs later and Kyrie ends up with 55. The Cavs have now won 8 in a row and are suddenly surging with a below average schedule the rest of the way until the all-star break. Watch out.
The night in tweets…
(I only put this in here because I hope Dwyane Wade subtweets Bron.)
This is why I like Kyrie Irving.
When he’s clicking and attacking the basket, he’s one of the most fun players to watch in the League.
A big reason for that: his handles.
Lowkey, did the Uncle Drew commercials give him the irrational confidence to do some of the most complex dribble moves to get past the defense?
My theory is that he effortlessly and effectively pulls off the Shammgod in the street ball game and thinks to himself, ‘Man, I’d be the only one who could do that in the L.’
What’s certainly been displayed since last year’s All-Star Game and in many moments last night, Kyrie shows the ball on dribble moves and lay-ups to sort of freeze and tease the defender. He’s a master at this and I have yet to really see a play where that backfires. It definitely didn’t last night and it resulted in highlight after highlight en route to his season-high 37 points.
The video above does it justice as it’s every one of his plays pasted one after another, including the beautiful lefty lay-up off the glass and over Amar’e Stoudemire that effectively sealed the game for the Cavs.
Here’s a couple in Vine form below:
Accompanying the premiere of “Movin Bass” last night, Rick Ross talked with Funkmaster Flex on a variety of topics that also included his upcoming video with K. Michelle. The NBA angle earning the headline is the eye-raising proclamation by the noted Heat fan. He would bet $100K that the Heat would finish ahead of the Cavaliers in the standings. Seriously. Here’s the quote:
We most definitely finishing better than the Cavaliers. I’ll put a 100 grand on that.
My proposal to you loyal Gowhere readers: let’s pool our money together (if by some chance it comes to it) and take up Rozay on this bet. We’ll split it evenly, so let’s all break bread come April because the Cavs are definitely going to finish ahead of the Heat!