Kyrie Irving delivered a vintage crunch time performance: The All-Star point guard missed a potential game-winner in the closing seconds of regulation, but looked determined to make amends for that failed opportunity during the entire overtime period. He scored 12 of his game-high 38 points in the extra frame, including 10-straight points over the final 1:17 to seal the game with a pair of absurd 3-point jumpers against John Wall.
What a final sequence in DC!
Kyrie Irving goes off for 38 PTS and buries the go-ahead 3 as the @celtics outlast WAS in OT for their 7th straight win!#CUsRise 130#DCFamily 125
These are the type of shots that Irving has a track record of burying in big spots back in his Cleveland postseason days and convinced the Celtics front office to give up a massive haul for him two summers ago. There is nothing you can do about them as a defense and that's what unlocks an added element to the Celtics' offense this season. Impressively, Irving did most of his work inside his arc for the first 48 minutes of the game. He was 8-of-15 from two-point range and made a season-high 10 free throw attempts as the Wizards hounded him all night long on the perimeter and Irving took advantage with drives until overtime hit. Throw in seven assists with a season-high 40 minutes and you have another notch on the belt during what's on pace to be the best all-around season of Irving's career.