CLEVELAND (AP) --Bright lights bring out the best in Kyrie Irving.
Coming off an impressive showing during All-Star weekend in Houston, Irving carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-100 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Irving scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, including 11 in a row and 18 of 20, to help the Cavaliers break away from an 83-all tie in the final 4:23.
"In the fourth quarter especially when it's winning time, obviously I want to win and my teammates want to win," he said. "Luckily, some shots went in."
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott sensed something big was about to happen when he put Irving back into the game with 7:08 remaining.
"You can see it coming," Scott said. "He gets a little bit of a gleam in his eye. He hits one or two shots and just kind of gets going."
The Hornets were obviously impressed.
"Kyrie had a real good game," New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. "He got to the basket whenever he tried to, especially late....