Kyrie Irving has scored the game-winning bucket in three of his first 33 NBA games. The young phenom did it again last night in Denver, driving the length of the floor and scoring on an up-and-under layup with 4.0 seconds left. Kyrie scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 2:36 of the game.
“Kyrie down the stretch, it speaks for itself,” Cavs teammate Antawn Jamison said. “He single-handedly won the game for us.”
In addition to his game-winning layup, the first pick of the 2011 NBA Draft had two three-point plays and a driving layup to put Cleveland up 98-97 with 24 seconds left.
Said Kyrie about his final score, “He picked me up fullcourt and I take it as a test when people pick me up fullcourt. The lane opened up when I got down there, it was a tough shot, but my teammates willed it in.”
On the game’s final play, Kyrie aggressively guarded Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, forcing him into an off-balance layup that missed at the buzzer. The loss was Denver’s first in 10 games this season against the Eastern Conference.
Here’s a look at Irving’s game-winning basket: