Kyrie Irving helped the Brooklyn Nets extend their win streak to four games after having a spectacular performance against the Orlando Magic. In a 42-point blowout, the Nets finished the game 150-108. Irving had caught fire during the first half of the game scoring 41 points by the end of the second quarter. This becomes the most points scored in the first half of the game since Kobe Bryant’s 42 points in the first half versus the Washington Wizards in 2003.

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving

Likewise, Devin Booker holds the record for most points in the second half of the game with 51 points. Kyrie Irving has been very consistent with his productivity on the offensive side of the court. The Brooklyn Nets guard has been shooting 49% from the field, 43% from three while making 90.1% of his free throws. Uncle Drew is the best ball handler the game has ever seen with the tendency of dominating the floor on many occasions.

Kyrie Irving records career nights to help bring the Brooklyn Nets on the rise

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving

Despite having the vaccine mandate as a major hindrance towards his availability for his team, the point guard has been giving it his all for the team to reach title contention once again. The Nets were at the top of the Eastern Conference for a decent amount of time during the first half of the season. James Harden‘s departure and injuries played a major role in their 11 consecutive losses in late January through early February.

Roughly three games ago against the Charlotte Hornets, Irving dropped 50 points shooting 78.9% from the field, 75% from three draining 9 shots on 12 attempts while making 92.3% of his free throws. In his latest game, he shot 64.5% from the field, 66.7% from three-point range, and 92.3% from the line making 12 on 13 attempts. Kyrie also became the first player to score 60-points after missing the game before.

Stephen A Smith gives reasons why Kyrie Irving is an all-time great

Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith

On ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A Smith was joined by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo in a heated exchange over the NBA baller. Russo shared his opinion on Irving not being a “game-changer” unlike previous legends of the basketball sport comparing him to Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and a few more.

Smith replied saying, “Jerry West went to the finals nine times. How many chips does he have? He’s got one. Kyrie Irving has as many titles as Jerry West.  John Stockton is on the all-time 75 list, right? John Stockton doesn’t have a chip. I’ll give him this, he shows up to work. Are we really surprised? We know what Kyrie can do. We’re not talking about a scrub. We are paying attention to him because we know how great he is.”

Russo had also highlighted individual career plays of the past legends mentioning Bob Cousy’s 29 assists in a game, Robertson and his triple-doubles, etc. In retaliation, Smith reminded Russo of Kyrie’s productivity during the Cleveland Cavaliers championship run. Kyrie has arguably the best highlight in the history of the sport, according to Smith.

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