Today in Sports History: October 23

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 2019,  Kyrie Irving scored 50 points in his debut game with the Brooklyn Nets, setting a new record for most points scored in a debut with a new team. Despite his efforts, the Nets lost in overtime to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 127-126. In 2019, Irving signed a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, his hometown team, for $141 million. The All-Star point guard was coming off his best personal season, 2018-19, averaging 23.8 points, 6.9 assists, five rebounds, and 1.5 steals. Irving is regarded to be one of the best ball handlers of all time and is known for his crafty finishes around the rim. He played a major role in helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA title in 2016. Down 3-1 in the finals, Irving and Lebron James both scored 41 points each to help keep the Cavaliers season alive. Irving averaged 27.1 points in the finals series and hit a three pointer with 53 seconds left to give the Cavaliers the lead and ultimately a 93-89 win against the Golden State Warriors in game 7. With a healthy Kevin Durant returning from his achilles injury, the two stars are looking to become the league’s next dynamic duo.

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