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Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner to send Cavaliers past Bobcats (VIDEO)

Jan 4, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

The Bobcats and the Cavaliers are two of the worst teams in the league statistically, with both clubs sitting just above the horrific Wizards in the East with eight wins apiece.

You wouldn’t know it necessarily by watching either of them play on a regular basis, because both teams compete hard for the most part, even though their record doesn’t show it.

They went at it head-to-head on Friday, but at the end, Kyrie Irving was the difference. His drive and step-back jumper with just a second remaining gave the Cavaliers their eighth victory of the season.

Irving finished with 33 points, five rebounds, six assists, and four steals. He dominated all night long, so it was only fitting he was the one to seal the victory on his team’s final meaningful possession.

  1. Michael DeCicco - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    This kid is unbelievable… has a little Kobe in him with CP3’s handle. Crazy.

    • yourfutureanalyst1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:59 AM

      I agree, he’s a little like Kobe with a CP3 twist. He kind of reminds me of Jay Williams as well. If he gets some serious, and I mean SERIOUS talent around him he can help bring Cleveland that long lost NBA championship that so eludes them. He’s the future top PG in the league.

    • nbascreed - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:52 AM

      Agreed…he def has a sweet handle.

  2. Laying The Blog Down - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Reblogged this on layingtheblogdown.

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Sure glad uncle drew is wearing a Cleveland jersey. 1-2 more years and hes got a legit shot a being the best PG in the league. Hes already top 5. Now we gotta get another star player for the young fella and we will b back to going to the playoffs year after year.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      He’s going to overtake CP3 by next season. I’m a huge Celtics honk but I think he might be better than Rondo already.

  4. haterhurter937 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    cavs need to get him locked up to a long term max deal, i dont want to see the decision part 2 featuring kyrie irving.

  5. themagicfanguy - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Sadly, he probably won’t agree to a long term extension. He’ll want to go play for a contender. Unless they build a good team around him soon, he’ll be gone.

  6. kfiz14 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Pressure makes diamonds.

  7. dko83 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Can someone PLEASE explain the Bismack Biyombo pick? MKG is great, step in the right direction.. but WTF, what a joke this guy is.

  8. spthegr8 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    BLOWS my mind why NBA coaches let the BEST player on the floor go 1 on 1 like that, with the game on the line??? I don’t know but, I would send a dbl team @ him and the get the ball out of his hand and make someone else beat me. If a role player can hit a tough shot like that too win the game…..Then shake his hand. It’s called playing the odds. Just Saying!!! & watch out cp3, cuz uncle drew is on your heels for best pg in the league!!!!

  9. tampajoey - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Kyrie Irving has ice in his veins. I’d want Kyrie with the ball with 10 seconds over Lebron. You credulous “SportsCenter” fans may not agree but then again SportsCenter doesn’t highlight ALL the Lebron James’ bricks he’s thrown up at the end of games during his career in both Cleveland and Miami.

  10. norvturnersneck - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Hello Clarice

    • jimbo75025 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Exactly ! Either that or “I find your lack of faith disturbing”

  11. kjt929 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    What is up with the mask???

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