This is starting to become the norm for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.
With 12.6 seconds left in the 4th quarter down two points to the Toronto Raptors, Kyrie effortlessly, stepped into the go-ahead three-pointer over guard Demar Derozan to get a one point lead with .07 seconds left.
Only in his second season, Kyrie Irving, who’ll be 21 in March, has become a top-five point guard. Averaging 24.2 points and 5.4 assists per game, Irving has been on a roll lately. In his last five games, Kyrie is averaging 31.2 points while shooting 55 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 96 percent from the free-throw line. During that stretch, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 4-1 including victories over the Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers and Utah Jazz.
Recently Irving was voted to his first All-Star game as a reserve. There’s argument that he should have been named the starter over Rajon Rondo, but starters are voted in by fans around the globe.
Despite Kyrie’s efforts, the Cavaliers are only 13-32 and have been fighting through numerous injuries including a few from Kyrie himself and center Anderson Varejao being out for the rest of the season due to a blood clot in his lung. Rookie Dion Waiters and second year player Tristan Thompson have given Cleveland Cavs fans a promising outlook as far as providing Kyrie with a solid supporting-cast.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, this is Kyrie’s 5th game winner in his career.
Kyrie Irving just finished his 85th career game. He just hit his 5th game winner.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 27, 2013
This kid isn’t even old enough to buy liquor yet, but he’s shown that he’ll be in this league and one of the top players for the next 10 years or so.