No LeBron James? No problem for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving had a career night against the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring a career-best 55 points on a franchise record 11 made threes as the Cavs beat their hosts 99-94 to extend their winning streak to eight games. Kyrie was a beast all night, but it was his two threes late that made the biggest impact on the game.
First, he tied the game at 92 with this three that came with 1:15 to go:
Then, with just 6.4 seconds on the clock, Irving broke a 94-all tie with this dagger:
A Damian Lillard three rimmed out on the following possession, and the Cavs were able to grab another win to improve to 2-8 when playing without James. For Irving, his huge outburst likely cemented his spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team and served notice to the league that there’s more than one star in Cleveland.
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