Today in Sports History: January 28

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 2015, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored 55 points in a 99-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a career high at the time for Irving, and only a few weeks later he put up 57 points in an overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs. The no.1 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Irving is known for his crafty ball handling and dazzling finishes around the rim. Irving 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. Irving left the Cavs to join the Boston Celtics in 2017 and had one of his best seasons. He averaged  23.8 points, 6.9 assists, five rebounds, and 1.5 steals during the 2018-19 season. Irving is currently on the Nets playing alongside fellow superstars Kevin Durant and James Harden. The triple threat hopes to bring the Brooklyn Nets their first ever NBA title. Irving’s accolades include NBA Rookie of the Year, 2x All-NBA Team selections, and 6x NBA All-Star.

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