Kyrie carries Cavs with franchise-record 57-point effort


If LeBron James is using words like “special” and “incredible” to describe your play, you’re doing a lot of things right.

Kyrie Irving did almost everything right Thursday night in San Antonio. The Cavaliers point guard scored a career-high, franchise-record 57 points in Cleveland’s 128-125 overtime victory over the Spurs. Irving also set a league high for the season, two more than the 55 he dropped in late January.

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Irving was 20-for-32 from the floor (62.5 percent), 7-for-7 from 3, and 10-for-10 from the line. Twenty of his points came in the final six minutes, including a 3 at the buzzer that sent the game into OT.

“A few of those shots, it just left my hands and I kind of threw them up at the rim and I was lucky enough and blessed enough that they went in,” Irving told reportrers, per The Associated Press.

James knows it was more than luck.

“The kid is special, we all know it, we all see it,” James said, per the AP. “For him to go out and put on a performance like he did tonight was incredible.”

Irving, who’ll turn 23 on March 23, has made the adjustment to playing with King James. His averages this season (22.0 points, 5.2 assists, 46.9 percent shooting) are about the same as his career norms, but he’s compiling them as a second option. On Thursday, he stepped into the go-to role, even as James was scoring 31 and delivering the dagger with a step-back 3.

“It was such a fun game,” Irving told reporters, per the AP. “The crowd was into it. They sold out, they came to see a great game and it was. Once Bron gets into those step-back 3s, we were just looking at each other, (saying), ‘Man, this is just so much fun.’ “