Kyrie Irving helped the Brooklyn Nets extend their winning streak to four games after a spectacular performance against the Orlando Magic. In a 42-point blowout, the Nets finished the game 150-108. Irving had caught fire in the first half of the game and had 41 points by the end of the second quarter. This is the most points scored in the first half of the game since Kobe Bryant had 42 first-half points against the Washington Wizards in 2003.
Likewise, Devin Booker holds the record for most second-half points with 51 points. Kyrie Irving has been very consistent with his productivity on the attacking side of the pitch. The Brooklyn Nets guard shot 49% from the field, 43% from three, while making 90.1% of his free throws. Uncle Drew is the best ball handler the game has ever seen, with a tendency to dominate the floor on many occasions.
Kyrie Irving is taking on career nights to help the Brooklyn Nets rise
Although the vaccination mandate is a major obstacle to his availability to his team, the point guard has given his all to allow the team to once again reach the title shot. The Nets topped the Eastern Conference for much of the first half of the season. James Harden’s departure and injuries played a major role in the 11 straight defeats from late January to early February.
About three games ago against the Charlotte Hornets, Irving dropped 50 points by shooting 78.9% from the field, 75% of three exhausting 9 shots on 12 attempts while making 92.3% of his free throws. In his last game, he shot 64.5% from field, 66.7% from three-point range, and 92.3% from the line, making 12 of 13 attempts. Kyrie also became the first player to score 60 points after previously missing the game.
Stephen A. Smith shares reasons why Kyrie Irving is an absolute must
Joining ESPN’s First Take was Stephen A Smith Chris “Mad Dog” Russo in a heated exchange of blows over the NBA baller. Russo shared his opinion that unlike previous basketball legends, Irving is not a “game changer” and compares him to Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and several others.
Smith replied and said: “Jerry West has been in the final nine times. How many chips does he have? He has one. Kyrie Irving has as many titles as Jerry West. John Stockton is on the all-time 75 list, right? John Stockton doesn’t have a chip. I’ll give him this, he comes to work. Are we really surprised? We know what Kyrie can do. We’re not talking about a scrub. We take care of him because we know how great he is.”
Russo had also highlighted individual career games by past legends, mentioning Bob Cousy’s 29 assists in a game, Robertson and his triple-doubles, etc. In retaliation, Smith reminded Russo of Kyrie’s productivity during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship run. Kyrie has arguably the best highlight in the history of the sport, according to Smith.
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