CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Want to know the Cavaliers secret of success in the fourth quarter of games? He’s wearing a #2 wine and gold jersey.
As he’s done an awful lot this season, Kyrie Irving proved again his All-Star status, as he scored 20 points in the fourth quarter of the Cavs 105-100 win over the New Orleans Hornets.
Irving’s 20 points came in the final 7:08 of the quarter when he entered the game when it was tight. All he did was hit shot after shot as the Cavs scored 37 total in the fourth quarter.
The All-Star ended the night with 35 points, hitting 6-for-9 from the field in the fourth quarter, and he was 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
“The trust my teammates have in me, we’re doing it for Cleveland,” Irving said. “The wins will start to rack up.”
Playing big in the fourth is nothing new for Irving. He scored 17 vs the Knicks in the fourth back on December 15th, went off for 15 vs the Bobcats on January 4th, and 13 vs Boston on January 22nd, and 13 in the fourth vs OKC back on February 2nd.
“You can kind Of see it coming, he gets a little gleam in his eye,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “He put us on his back in the fourth quarter.”
The game featured a matchup between the past two No. 1 overall draft picks — Irving and Hornets center Anthony Davis. Irving made 13 of 22 shots and all seven of his free throws while having seven assists. Davis had 12 points and four rebounds.
The Cavaliers placed five players in double figures in snapping a three-game losing streak, but the night belonged to Irving. After his fall-away jumper gave Cleveland a two-point lead, he hit a 3-pointer from a couple of steps behind the arc to put the Cavaliers ahead 88-83. That basket forced New Orleans to call a timeout, but Irving was just getting going.
New Orleans missed again on its ensuing possession and Irving converted a layup between two defenders on a fast break for a 90-83 lead. He added another basket after driving the lane and two free throws.
Irving drew national attention with his performance during the weekend. He scored 15 points in his first All-Star game, won the 3-point contest and put up 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Dion Waiters scored 16 points for the Cavaliers while C.J. Miles added 11.
Brian Roberts led New Orleans with 17 points. Robin Lopez scored 15 points before fouling out, while Greivis Vasquez added 13.
The Cavs are on the road this weekend, as they will travel to Orlando to play the Magic on Saturday. They then play in Miami on Sunday, and at Chicago on Tuesday.