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Quick Shots Recap: Irving Torches Blazers With Career-High 55 In 99-94 Cavaliers Win

CLEVELAND – In what felt like an NBA Finals Game 7, Kyrie Irving put on a long-range display for the ages in helping the (27-20) Cleveland Cavaliers win their eight straight over the (32-15) Portland Trail Blazers, 99-94.

With LeBron James watching from the sidelines due to a sore wrist, the 2014 All-Star Game MVP single-handily made his case for another appearance as a reserve, and after scoring 93 points in back-to-back games, Irving may have made his voice heard loud and clear.

After starting out 0-for-7 from the field, the fourth-year point guard out of Duke buried a three-pointer with 6.4 seconds left over Nicolas Batum to help Cleveland score its biggest win—and second sans-LeBron, as they were 1-8 without James.

In setting a new career high in points (55) and tied franchise records in three-pointers made in a single game (11) and attempted (19). Irving’s 55 points mark his sixth career game of 40-plus points and second-highest ever in Cavaliers history, after James’ 56-point effort against the Toronto Raptors in March ’05.

In scoring 28 points in the first half, Irving outdueled fellow All-Stars in Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge—who played with a sprained thumb ligament—and point guard Damian Lilliard. For the game, Aldridge still proved to be a handful in scoring 38 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Lilliard had a rare off-night in scoring 14 points on 4-of-19 shooting from the field.

Kevin Love added 10 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith pitched in with 11 points and Timofey Mozgov had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Robert D. Cobb
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