Irving, who has evolved into one of the best point guards in the league, was unconscious from the field. He scored 40 points on 16-24 shooting, while making all seven of his free throws. Irving may have led the team with five turnovers, but he still finished the game with a five assists, three rebounds, two steals, and a +/- of +11.
Irving outplayed counterpart Rajon Rondo, who was -10 for the game despite coming just two assists short of a double-double. Rondo also shot 7-17 from the floor in a rather mediocre fantasy basketball performance.
The 40-point performance from Irving is his second highest point total of the season, eclipsed only by the 41 points he dropped against the New York Knicks back in December. On that night, he shot a solid 60 percent. But tonight was the most efficient shooting night of Irving’s professional career, as he finished the game with a career-best 67 percent from the floor.
The second-year point guard out of Duke has become one of the best scorers in the game. Irving will be among the scoring leaders at the point guard position, once he qualifies in games played, as his 23.1 points per game is just ahead of Russel Westbrook (23.0).
After a very good rookie campaign, Irving came into the 2012-13 season with a lot of fantasy hype and was drafted in the first or second round in the majority of leagues. Needless to say, he hasn’t disappointed any fantasy owners that showed confidence in the young, masked star.