Kyrie Irving had a stellar night on Jan. 28, as he scored a career-high 55 points in the Cavaliers’ 99-94 win over the Trailblazers.
The Cavs were without LeBron James who sat out with a wrist injury, but Irving helped extend the Cavs’ winning streak to eight games.
After missing his first seven shots of the game, Irving went off. His 55 points are the most points scored this season, surpassing Klay Thomspon and Mo Williams’ 52. More than half of his points came from beyond the arc as he made 11 3-pointers — a new franchise record. And the most important one came with the score tied at 94 and with 6.4 seconds left in the game. Irving gave the Cavs a three point lead with a pull-up 3-pointer over Nicholas Batum.
"He's so quick you don't want to get too close," Batum said. "You have to control the drive. I tried to contest the shot. I was on him, but he made a big shot."
When asked about his incredible night, Irving gave credit to his teammates.
"It was a total team effort," Irving said.
While some may appreciate his humility, Irving outscored his whole team combined and also added five assists, four rebounds and two steals. He was perfect from the charity stripe, making all 10 of his free-throws and he made more threes than the whole Portland team combined.
Although Kevin Love had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, he had an off night shooting; he was only 3-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-8 from beyond the arc.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with a great game as well. He had a double-double with 38 points and 11 rebounds. He was also perfect from the free-throw line, shooting 10-10.
The Blazers head to Atlanta to face the red-hot Hawks on Jan. 30, and will try to end their 17-game winning streak.
The Cavaliers will host the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 30.