‘‘It reminded me when Allen Iverson was going against Michael Jordan,’’ Irving said. ‘‘The whole crowd sat up. I got my shot blocked, but it was still a memorable moment for me, seeing the crowd reaction. I was surprised by it.’’
Scott wasn’t shocked that Irving would play so well.
‘‘He’s likes being put in the position of having to deliver,’’ Scott said. ‘‘He’s just a special young man. He loves the competition.’’
NOTES: Bryant didn’t know if Irving was ‘‘confident or crazy’’ when Irving challenged him to a 1-on-1 game during U.S. Olympic team practices. Irving didn’t back down when Bryant unleashed some heavy trash talk on the 20-year-old. ‘‘I'm the best trash talker alive,’’ Bryant said. ‘‘He tried to keep up. Hopefully, you'll see a little more of that (trash talk) from that generation, guys competing against each other. It was like that when I came into the league with Charles (Barkley) and Michael (Jordan) and (John) Stockton and (Clyde) Drexler and all those guys. That’s how it was.’’ ... Cavs G Daniel Gibson hyperextended his right elbow in the first half and didn’t return. He expects to play Wednesday at Indiana.