Kyrie COOKS the Celtics in Boston. 39 points, 11 rebounds, 6-12 3 pointers, 11-11 free throws, 2 assists, 2 steals, and only 1 turnover. Here are his highlights on my Twitter. 🔥
January 28th, 2015 – Kyrie drops 55 – Cavaliers 99-94 Blazers
With Lebron out due to injury, Kyrie put the team on his back and dropped 55 in just 38 minutes. He made 11-of-19 3 pointers, a career high (and one of the best 3 point shooting performances ever), as well as all 10 free throws. He kept Cleveland in when it looked like Portland would pull away and hit the clutch game-winning shot. He added 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals to his insane scoring stats.
March 12th, 2015 – Kyrie Drops 57 – Cavaliers 128-125 Spurs
Kyrie dropped a career-high 57 points against San Antonio in the 2014-15 season, his first with Lebron. In this game, Lebron simply just passed it to Kyrie and hoped for the best. Kyrie delivered. He scored 57 points on 20-of-32 shooting, 7-of-7 3 point shooting, and 10-of-10 on free throws through all four quarters and overtime. He added 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and only 2 turnovers. He went into God Mode for this entire game and knocked down all sorts of clutch shots, including several in the final minute of the quarter (including a game-tying 3 in the final seconds) and several in OT to finish off the Spurs.
June 13th, 2016 – Kyrie drops 41 in game 5 of the NBA Finals – Cavaliers 112-97 Warriors
Arguably the best game of his career in terms of overall efficiency, importance, and magnitude, Kyrie scored 41 on 17-of-24 shooting in a must-win game vs the Warriors. As we all know, this was part of Cleveland’s comeback from being down 3-1 to winning the NBA Finals 4-3 to claim the Cavaliers’ first title ever. With an elite defender in Klay Thompson on him the whole time, Kyrie made all sorts of insane shots throughout the game—particularly in the second half—and the degree of difficulty of many of them was off the charts. He added 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block to his ridiculous scoring stats. And the crazy part is that he only needed 2 free throw attempts to put up all of these points. He was just a walking bucket.
May 23rd, 2017 – Kyrie sinks Boston with 42 – Celtics 99-112 Cavaliers
In an important game 4 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, Kyrie went full Uncle Drew mode to dominate Boston. He made 15 of 22 shots, 4 of 7 3 pointers, and 8 of 9 free throws He added 4 rebounds and 5 assists, as well as a ridiculous behind-the-back fake pass in the final minute. He faked out the entire arena as he finished the play—as well as the Celtics’ dreams—with an easy layup.
November 20th, 2017 – Kyrie puts up 47 in Dallas – Celtics 110-102 Mavericks
In perhaps the greatest game of his two seasons for Boston (where he put up a lot more legendary performances than the media likes to think), a masked Kyrie Irving earned MVP chants in Dallas after single-handedly carrying the Celtics to an overtime victory. In only 39 minutes, the man made 16 of 22 shots, including 5 of 7 3 pointers and 10 of 11 free throws, as well as recording 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and a +21 plus-minus. The greatest dribbler and ball handler of all time also bamboozled the Mavs with nasty crossovers.
January 31st, 2020 – Kyrie drops 54 – Bulls 118-133 Nets
This was Kyrie’s all-time most efficient game. He shot 10-for-10 in the first half and 19-of-23 for the entire game—in honor of his late friend, Kobe Bryant (who had just passed away). And he didn’t even play for the last few minutes because the Nets were blowing the Bulls out thanks to him. If the Bulls kept it close, Kyrie played more than 32 minutes, and it went to overtime, he could’ve dropped 65 or 70 points. Also, he made 7 of 9 3 pointers (making his first 7) and 9 of 10 free throws, as well as 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Kyrie made the game-winning shot in the last minute of game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals with a nasty 3-pointer to complete the 3-1 comeback and lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their very first NBA championship. Kyrie and Lebron were the best offensive duo ever. They proved it time and time again. And indeed, they showcased it in these 2016 NBA Finals—averaging a combined total of 57.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, 12.8 assists, 4.7 steals, and 3.0 blocks. They also set records in game 5 by each scoring 41 points, which remains the only time in NBA Finals history where 2 teammates scored at least 40 points.
Kyrie Andrew Irving (KAI) is an NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets. He is widely considered to be one of the top 10 players in the world, as well as the greatest dribbler and ball-handler in NBA history—and one of the greatest shooters and finishers under the rim. He is also perhaps the most offensively skilled player in NBA history, too. He plays the positions of point guard and shooting guard. Playing high school ball while growing up in New Jersey, he was the #1 player in the nation as a high schooler. He then committed to play for Duke University. And after a successful year at Duke, Kyrie went straight to the NBA and was drafted #1 in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won NBA Rookie of the Year that season and quickly became a superstar. He has been voted an All-Star 7 times and won a championship with Lebron James for the Cavs in 2016. After requesting a trade in 2017, Kyrie moved from the Cavs to the Boston Celtics in 2017, where he spent two successful seasons in Boston. Then he moved to the Brooklyn Nets in 2019 where he teamed up with Kevin Durant to form a superteam. Irving and Durant encountered serious injuries in that first season and thus the Nets got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. Then they began their second season together as healthy superstars in December of 2020. They have dominated all season and, after trading a host of their players to get James Harden in January of 2021, the trio form the new Big 3. So the Nets now have three of the best players in the world and are currently in the playoffs. They are the heavy odds-on favorites to win the championship this year. Outside of basketball, Kyrie is a philanthropist, progressive social justice advocate, and actor. He enjoys reading, journaling, a plant-based diet, practicing religion, and designing shoes for his signature shoe-line with Nike. He has actively supported social causes like Black Lives Matter and the growth of women’s sports. And indeed, he is a future NBA Hall of Famer who will go down as one of the best 1-on-1 players ever.