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Kyrie Irving scores career-high 44 points in loss to Bobcats (VIDEO)

Apr 6, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Kyrie Irving was angry at recent media reports that said he’s wanted out of Cleveland for years, and he took it out on the Bobcats on Saturday, pouring in a career-high 44 points.

Irving showed once again why he’s a potential franchise cornerstone deserving of the max contract extension offer he will receive from Cleveland this summer, shooting 16-of-31 from the field and adding eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals to what was a stellar overall effort.

Irving’s teammates provided little help on this night, however, shooting a combined 19-of-65 as the Bobcats ended up with the 96-94 overtime victory, which clinched a playoff spot for the first time 2010.

  1. abchome - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    16 games below .500 in April and still not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Mirakuru!

  2. tv63 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    HOW THE HELL DO YOU LOSE WHEN YOUR STAR PLAYER HAS 44 POINTS??? Look no further than Mike Brown’s line-ups. He had an ineffective Deng and Jack in the last 3 mins of 4th quarter but yet kept rewarding them with more mins. He refused to put in the spark of the bench Delly with any meaningful mins just 2. He’s horrible at offensive coaching.

  3. thekingdave - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    I just noticed yesterday that Kyrie grace the cover of Cocoa Pebbles. I thought to myself this was premature and he was not worthy of representing such a prestigious cereal. Then he goes out and puts me in my place. Well done.

  4. lj312chicago - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Surprise.. Irving puts up numbers cavs lose….. He doesn’t make his team mates better

  5. borderline1988 - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I dont know if he’s enough of an all-around player to lead a team to a championship, but Irving is hands-down the most talented individual offensive player I have ever seen. The only other guy comparable is Kobe Bryant. Kobe is a bit more explosive off the bounce, but Irving is a better 3-pt shooter and has better handles.

  6. turkbox420 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    3rd East All Star starter to put up a career high against Charlotte this season. Hmmm….

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