The Cleveland Cavaliers may have lost again on Friday night, but star guard Kyrie Irving had another great game.
Irving put up huge numbers in the loss to the Atlanta Hawks, and had a stat line that is worthy of some attention.
First of all, Irving led both teams in scoring as he poured in 28 points. He was also efficient with his shooting, making 12 of his 20 shots and 4 of his 7 three-point attempts. One of the three-point shots that he made was even a half-court shot to end the first half.
Also during the game, Irving had 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. In addition, he played 38 minutes and had just 1 turnover.
Irving had the Cavaliers in position to win the game with just under 3 minutes to play, but the Hawks pulled away at the end of the game.
The point guard did everything he could to help the Cavaliers win, though, and it was another amazing performance by last season’s Rookie of The Year.
This is the 14th time that Irving has led the Cavaliers in scoring this season and it is the 12th time that he has scored more than 20 points in a game. Irving has missed 11 games this season due to injuries or he likely would have had several more 20 point games already this year.
He is currently averaging 23.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. In addition, Irving is shooting a solid 47 percent from the field, 41 percent from the three-point line and 79 percent from the free throw line.
Irving’s scoring average is currently the sixth best in the NBA and he is playing like an All-Star.
He is great at driving and getting to the rim, and he is a dynamic and fun player to watch. Irving does not receive enough attention right now because the Cavaliers are not winning games, but he is an outstanding player and will begin to receive more and more national attention if he keeps playing like this.