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BOSTON (CBS) There really is no explanation for it, except that Kyrie Irving simply is not human.
The Celtics point guard is some kind of mix of a wizard, a mad scientist and a superhero. He does things with the basketball that very few can do, and those moves from his bag of tricks are often impossible to stop. Irving magic was on full display on Monday night against the Mavericks in Dallas, leading the way with 47 points as the Celtics once again erased another seemingly insurmountable deficit to snag their 16th straight victory.
Brad Stevens only had one word for Irving performance: Unbelievable. Jayson Tatum said it was like watching a video game. Whatever it was, it was incredible, even if it came against a three win team.
Boston masked hero shot a ridiculous 16 for 22 on the night, hitting five of his seven bids from downtown and 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. He had 18 points by the end of the first quarter, and hit his first nine shots of the game. Anything he put up went in. It was just plain silly at points.
Going back to Saturday win over in Atlanta, Irving hit 15 straight shots. His first miss on Monday night was a running heave as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half.
But he cooked up his best stretch for crunch time, as the greats often do. Irving checked in with 9:19 left in the fourth quarter and the Celtics facing an 11 point hole. They whittled that deficit to just one after Irving poured in five points in a 27 second span, draining a three off a Marcus Smart offensive rebound before pulling down a defensive board of his own and racing down the floor for a beautiful layup. He dribbled through a pair of Mavericks before shaking Yogi Farrell out of his shoes under the basket to make it a 92 91 Mavericks lead with 2:31 left. The ease in which he gets to the hoop most times is implausible, from his ball handling to his footwork.
Irving feed to rookie Jayson Tatum on an alley oop, his sixth and final assist of the night, tied things at 96 96. A minute later the two teams were going to overtime, giving Irving an extra five minutes to shine.
The wizardry continued as Irving poured in 10 more points. The Mavericks owned a four point lead until Irving scored six straight for the Celtics in a 56 second stretch, including a stepback with 2:03 left to tie things at 102 102. A Jaylen Brown bucket ended Irving run to put Boston up by two before the bouncy ball genius once again posted up Farrell and spun around the second year guard for an easy deuce. A pair of freebies ended his night, giving him 17 points over the final 12:50 of the contest. That matched the entire output by the Mavericks over that stretch. It looked like he was a man among boys, an uncle toying with his nephews on the black top. He wouldn go as far to admit that, but he certainly having fun in this new setting with a team of his own.
just fun basketball, said Irving. like being in the park and it’s 7 on 7 and the game is to eight, and someone else calls win by two, and you call it straight up. That when the defense starts to crank up and you see some unbelievable plays.
don want to say the NBA is like playing at the park, but for me, I kind of just see it as that fun basketball, he said.