Kyrie Irving game-winner: LeBron James among NBA players blown away by Mavericks star’s left-handed floater

With the score tied at 105 with 2.8 seconds left on the clock, who else but Kyrie Irving?

The Mavericks guard capped off a wild ending to the team’s win against the Nuggets, burying a high degree of difficulty shot as only he can with a left-hand floater from beyond the free throw line. 

The game-winner capped off an impressive night for Irving, who helped the Mavericks record their fifth win in six games. The eight-time All-Star finished with 24 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals and a block.

“I’ve seen a lot of great shots, but I think that one takes the cake,” Mavs rookie Dereck Lively II said.

“In Kyrie we trust. As soon as we give him the ball, we know he’s going to find a great shot or make a great opportunity for someone else. So whenever we see him get the ball, we just sit back and watch it happen.

“He made the shot.”

Here’s how Irving and the Mavericks pulled off the victory over the Nuggets.

How Kyrie Irving, Mavericks beat Nuggets

In a back-and-forth battle, Luka Doncic gave the Mavericks a 102-100 lead after making 1-of-2 free throws with 1:26 remaining.  

It wasn’t long until the score was tied again as Nikola Jokic’s hook shot leveled things at 102-102 with 1:05 on the clock. Jamal Murray then gave the Nuggets a 105-102 lead with a big-time 3-pointer after trailing by as many as 13 points in the final frame.

Sure enough, Doncic responded again with a deep triple of his own to tie things up at 105-105.

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Doncic set the pace for the Mavericks, scoring a game-high 37 points and pulling down nine rebounds, but when it came down to clutch time, it was Irving who answered the call. 

“Opposite hand, understanding Kai probably is going to go down as one of the best finishers ever, and his flow game with the right-left, it’s just natural,” Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said.

“And he delivered. Luka put us in position by tying it. And Kai being able to read the situation and get the ball.

Check out the tense final minutes leading up to Irving’s heroics below:

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Kyrie Irving stats vs. Nuggets

  • 24 points
  • 9 assists
  • 7 rebounds
  • 3 steals
  • 1 block
  • 9-23 field goals
  • 4-11 three-pointers
  • 2-2 free throws

Kyrie Irving game-winner reactions

The NBA world was completely blown away by Irving’s late-game heroics.

Here’s a look at some of the top reactions:

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