In a career of great offensive nights, this was Kyrie Irving’s greatest.
The Nets star’s mesmerizing 60 points were a career-high and a franchise record, while matching an NBA season-best.
“When you’re a kid scoring a bunch of points it means something. But when you’re in the best league in the world, doing it against the greatest athletes
It means a little more and that competition level just comes out of me,” Irving said after his record night keyed a 150-108 rout of the Magic.
“The team I have in that locker room, they just really give me that energy. And the only time I get a chance to play on the road I better come out and give everything I have.”
Irving’s master class led the Nets to their fourth-straight win — and got him showered with cheers and serenaded with chants of “Kyrie! Kyrie!” by the Amway Center crowd of 15,282.
Irving can only play on the road because he’s unvaccinated and barred from playing home games in Brooklyn.
He may be a part-time player, but he’s an all-time great — and he reminded everyone of that Tuesday night.
He’s just incredible. It felt like he had my career highlight reel in the first 12 minutes,” Nets coach Steve Nash said.
“It’s special to watch him on nights like this where he’s in total control, total command. … It’s a pleasure to see it up close.”
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