On Wednesday night, Irving made several big shots in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers a chance to win, but the Sacramento Kings ended up pulling away for the victory.
On Friday night in Charlotte, though, Irving would not let the Cavaliers lose. He scored 14 of the Cavaliers last 16 points, including a pull-up jumper from the foul line with 1 second left to win the game.
Irving also hit a pair of three-point shots and was spectacular in the fourth quarter, and throughout the game really. Irving shot 10 for 21 from the field, and 10 for 10 from the free throw line, while also passing out six assists. He also pulled down 6 rebounds and had a career-high 3 blocked shots.
Everyone in the building knew he would be taking the last shot to try to win the game for the Cavaliers, and he still managed to free himself enough to get a good look and knock down the jumper.
“On the last shot of the game, we told him, we just want you to take the last shot, flatten everybody out,” Head Coach Byron Scott said after the game. “We don’t care who’s guarding you, get to your spot and take the shot. He was able to do that.”
Scott also pointed out that Irving carried the Cavaliers for much of the game and said he was ready to take the last shot.
“I think he has the ultimate confidence in himself and his ability to get anywhere on the floor he feels he can get to. Obviously, he has that killer instict to be able to take the last shot. He doesn’t mind being the goat if he misses. He doesn’t mind that whatsoever. It takes a lot of guts to take that shot,” Scott said.
“That’s every fourth quarter. That’s what he does,” Guard C.J. Miles said about Irving. “He’s been a fourth quarter guy since he’s been in the league. He just has a mental thing, another level or another gear that he has, and he makes big shots.”
Irving was obviously happy after the game about making the shot.
“Those moments I live for, to have the ability to make it and have the trust of my teammates and the trust of the coaching staff going down the stretch. It’s a blessing honestly,” Irving said. “I got to hit the shot and got to get the win in Charlotte.”
The kid is a special player, and he is already doing great things for the Cavaliers. He makes this struggling team fun to watch, and he gives fans hope that the Cavaliers are building a winner.