"I was saying to myself, 'They cannot tie up this series, they cannot.'"
Kyrie Irving had himself a night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, scoring a career playoff-high 42 points including a red hot third quarter wherein he scored 21 points on 9/10 shooting.
After LeBron James picked up four quick fouls in the first half and the team fell behind by 16 points, the burden fell squarely on Kyrie's shoulders to prevent the Celtics from tying up the series.
"I was saying to myself, 'They cannot tie up this series, they cannot,'" Irving said. "We had to be able to face adversity, look it in the face, and say, 'You're not going to win today.'"
"He's a special talent," James said about Irving. "He rose to the occasion and he put the team on his back. We definitely needed that effort from him."
Cavs fans got another scare when Irving went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter, though he was able to just tighten his shoes and stay in the game.
"I've twisted my ankle so many times on plays like that," Irving said. "You have two choices, you can sit there and wallow in the sorrow of you twisting your ankle or capture the moment."
Amidst Kyrie's dominant performance, especially his run in the third quarter, #NBATwitter was buzzing. Check out some of the highlights from Game 4 as well as the reactions on social media below.
There are two supernatural beings in the world— John Baker (@JohnCarlosBaker) May 24, 2017
1. Playoff Lebron
2. Jersey untucked Kyrie
Live image of Kyrie Irving rn pic.twitter.com/wRJ7m6SVrS— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) May 24, 2017
if kyrie told me the world was flat tonight, i'd just nod along— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) May 24, 2017
This boy outta his mind right now! @KyrieIrving— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) May 24, 2017
kyrie irving is that fucking dude— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) May 24, 2017
Lebron: "IM THE MVP OF THIS TEAM!"— TheHockeyGhost (@TheHockeyGhostt) May 24, 2017
Kyrie: "Ok Lebron..." pic.twitter.com/GTY0hEAcrF
Kyrie, the modern day @rod_strickland !— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) May 24, 2017
Kyrie Box Office 👀🔥— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) May 24, 2017
No way Steph Curry stopping Kyrie. No way in hell— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 24, 2017
I'm not sure if Kyrie is actually the best finisher in the NBA, but he's close.— nick wright (@getnickwright) May 24, 2017
I absolutely know he has the best handles in NBA history.
KYRIGODDAMNDICULOUS GOING BONKERS 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/9drUDGNF4R— 👽Wob Files👽 (@World_Wide_Wob) May 24, 2017
*30 seconds later* pic.twitter.com/FZtG9BheME— 👽Wob Files👽 (@World_Wide_Wob) May 24, 2017
COME AND GET SOME OF THIS KYRIE SWERVING YACK SAUCE DINNER IS SERVED 🍵🍴 pic.twitter.com/PisoJHkqvI— 👽Wob Files👽 (@World_Wide_Wob) May 24, 2017