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Kyrie Irving caps great week with award

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013

On Saturday night, Irving drained his long 3-pointer over Alan Anderson with 0.7 seconds left to finish off the Raptors. It was the fifth game-winning shot of Irving's brief career and his second with one second or less remaining in 85 games.

According to STATS LLC, Irving and Tyreke Evans are the only two players since the 2002-03 season with two such game winners.

During Cleveland's recent road trip, Scott told Irving he was being too passive at times and needed to be more assertive on the floor. In the past week or so, Irving has turned up his game. He scored 19 points in the first quarter against the Celtics.

"He understands we need him to be aggressive from the time he steps on the floor until the time he comes out of the game," Scott said.

Newly acquired guard Wayne Ellington has only played two games with Irving, but has already seen enough to realize his teammate is a special player.

"He's got it, whatever it is, he's got it," said Ellington, who came over in a trade from Memphis with center Marreese Speights. "He's a great talent and he's only going to get much better."


NOTES: The Cavs said center Anderson Varejao was "recently" released from The Cleveland Clinic, where he was being treated for a blood clot in his right lung. Varejao, who is out for the remainder of the season, became ill following surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle. He was seen at the team's training facility on Monday as he rehabs from the operation. Varejao will be on blood thinners for several months.