With LeBron James out of the Cleveland Cavaliers lineup for a scheduled rest. Kyrie Irving stepped up to deliver 33 points in a clutch performance. Giving the Cavs a rare LeBron-less win over the visiting Mavericks.
“Obviously, it was a personal challenge,” Irving said afterward. “We know what the record is [without James]. … I know I for sure took it personally knowing that I have to lead the team whether he’s in or out.”