Irving, whose father Drederick was a standout at Boston University, scored those 19 points in the first quarter on 8-for-10 shooting, picking apart Rondo and getting Bradley into early foul trouble. Irving has flourished against the Celtics in his brief career, and they had no answer for his quickness and ability to orchestrate the pick-and-roll.
After the game, Rivers made it known that he voted for Irving as an All-Star reserve.
“I was just trying to get a win,” Irving said. “We desperately needed it. We just wanted to prove that we can get a win against a good team. Last time they kind of handed it to us in Boston, so it was more of a statement game for the Cavaliers than me.”