Kyrie Irving celebrated his newfound national fame due to the All Star weekend by drilling a dagger into the hearts of the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
His 35 points helped key the Cavaliers to a 105-100 win.
Coach Byron Scott re-inserted Irving into the game with just over seven minutes left and he proceeded to score bucket after bucket and send the visitors out of town with the loss.
Irving scored 20 of his game high 35 points in the final seven-plus minutes and turned a tight game into a Cavs free throw contest in the last couple of minutes.
Irving’s offensive explosion paced the Cavs to a 37 point fourth quarter and their 17th win of the season.
Four other Cavs were in double figures.
Dion Waiters had 16 and C.J. Miles chipped in with 11.
Alonzo Gee and Tyler Zeller each scored 10 points.
Irving was 13 of 22 from the field and a perfect seven for seven from the charity stripe.
He had five rebounds and seven assists.
Not a bad night for someone who said he was still very exhausted from the All Star festivities.
The Cavs’ next game is in Orlando on Saturday night.