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Former Duke Star Kyrie Irving Rises To The Occasion In Game 4 Against The Celtics

When he looks back at his career, this will be a major highlight.

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NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers
This is a man who knows he’s having a career night.
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Former Duke Blue Devil Kyrie Irving has been on the national stage since 2011. We’ve all seen him do amazing things. If you never saw this bit of video, take a look and remember: he was a still-young guard shredding the best players in the world.

That’s cold-blooded.

So was what Irving did to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

On a night when the Celtics could have easily won, a night when the great LeBron James picked up four first-half fouls for the first time in his NBA playoff career, Irving took over and stole the show.

He finished with 42 points including a 21 point third quarter. He even shook off what appeared to be a nasty injury.

After a while you got a feeling that you were seeing something historic.

For a night, Irving, who is as good as any guard in the league today, was as good as any guard who has ever played the game. That was a game that would have pleased any of the greats.

It certainly pleased James who said this after the game: "(Irving) took command. In the second half, he commanded us to be better."

High praise from King James - but well earned.

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