Kyrie Irving was simply too good for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and scored 35 points on the night.
Irving has had some great fourth quarters in his two NBA seasons, but the one on Saturday night may have been the best. The Cavaliers and Thunder were locked in a tight game in the last few minutes when Irving took over.
The All-Star point guard knocked down a three-point shot over Russell Westbrook on one possession, and then attacked the rim on several other possessions.
Irving can finish at the rim, and he had some amazing shots in traffic against the Thunder, one of the top shot blocking teams in the NBA. Irving was spinning, hitting shots on both sides of the rim, and seemingly scoring at will.
Everyone knew that Irving was going to try to score, and the Thunder collapsed on him as he got to the rim. Over and over again, though, he kept getting around defenders so that he could score.
The Thunder are an amazing offensive team that is filled with dynamic scorers, but on Saturday night the best scorer in the building was wearing a Wine and Gold jersey.
The Cavaliers needed contributions from plenty of players in order to get to the fourth quarter with a chance to win, and Marreese Speights in particular hit some huge shots and had a big dunk in the fourth quarter. Speights and Irving both scored 13 points in the quarter.
The player of the night, though, was Irving, and it was amazing to see him close out the game. The Cavaliers have one of the worst records in the league, but they have talent and they are improving. Best of all, they have one of the best fourth quarter players in the league and one of the best point guards in the league.
Irving is special, and he showed it once again Saturday night.