Kyrie Irving might have just had the game of his life.
The 29-year-old Brooklyn Nets guard dropped 60 points en route to a 150-108 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. Irving shot exceptionally well, shooting 20-for-31 from the field and 8-for-12 from beyond the arc. He dropped 41 in the first half alone — the most anyone has scored in a single half since Devin Booker’s 51 in 2017. He now holds the all-time record for points in a single game in Nets history. The win puts the Nets at 36-33 for the season and is the latest in a four-game winning streak for the team.
Irving is the latest player to score at least 50 points in the month of March. His performance Tuesday night ties an NBA record for most 50-point games in a single month. LeBron James (twice), Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant and Karl-Anthony Towns have the others. It’s also the first time that players have scored 60 points on consecutive dates since 1962 — Wilt Chamberlain did it all by himself in back-to-back games back then.
As expected, the NBA went wild on social media with praise of Irving’s historic game.
Ky stop it man!!! Actually don’t 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 16, 2022
Jersey putting up numbers.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) March 16, 2022
—andre (@andre) March 16, 2022
Kyrie really the most skilled player ever. Not even sure its a debate.
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 16, 2022
Young Kobe!!! Master of the game https://t.co/TXQpKMCd6C
—Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) March 16, 2022
—Jason Thompson (@jtthekid) March 16, 2022
Kyrie got 40 in the first half & yall telling me he not a top 75 🤦🏾♂️!!!
— Philly Cheese 🧀 (@dionwaiters3) March 16, 2022
@KyrieIrving putting on a show!!!
— Carlos Boozer (@MisterCBooz) March 16, 2022
Kyrie got 41 at halftime?!?!?!
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) March 16, 2022
I hope The Magic stay close so Ky can get 60..
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) March 16, 2022
— Norris Cole II (@pg30_Cole) March 16, 2022
Kyrie is so tough smh
—Darius Miller (@DmillerKY) March 16, 2022