Kyrie Irving exploded for 20 points in the fourth quarter and 35 points on the night as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the New Orleans Hornets by the score of 105-100 on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. With the win the Cavaliers improve to 17-37 on the season while the Hornets fall to 19-36.
In addition to Irving’s 35 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, Dion Waiters stepped up with 16 points on 6-10 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. Tyler Zeller and Alonzo Gee each chipped in 10 points while Tristan Thompson added nine points and 13 rebounds.
For New Orleans, Brian Roberts led the scoring with 17 points in 11 minutes off the bench. Robin Lopez led the starters with 15 points while Greivis Vasquez scored 13 points. No. 1 pick Anthony Davis added 12 points with a pair of blocks.
Coach Byron Scott was in good spirits after the game when he stated in the post-game press conference:
“When it started, I thought we came out a little rusty, which was expected. In the second half, I thought our energy was fantastic. We did some things defensively and picked up the pressure. We got out in the open floor and got some easy buckets. Then Kyrie was just kind of making shots everywhere and just doing a great job of being aggressive...He made some great shots, did some great things and the crowd was fantastic. It was a good win for us to start the second half (of the season).”
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