SAN ANTONIO: Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 57 points, including 11 in overtime, as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a thrilling 128-125 NBA victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday (Friday in Manila).
Irving had the most points in the NBA this season, bettering his own 55-points in a win over Portland in January.
Cleveland’s 22-year-old Australian-born star scored nine points in the final minute of regulation, including a three-pointer to knot the score at 110-110 and send the game into overtime.
He added 11 points in the extra period as the Cavaliers snapped a 10-game losing streak against the reigning NBA champion Spurs.
“All the credit goes to my team-mates,” Irving said. “They were doing a great job of screening me, getting me open.
“Our offensive execution down the stretch was huge. We got stops when we needed it.
“We were all tired going into that overtime, but there’s no excuses,” added Irving, who connected on all seven of his three-point attempts, was 20-of-32 from the field and made 10 of 10 free throws.
“Everybody’s gearing up for playoff basketball.”
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James added 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists for Cleveland, and gave his young team-mate an emotional congratulatory embrace when the game concluded.