#3) Chicago Bulls: January 31
In just his eighth game since returning from a right shoulder injury that sidelined him for nearly two months and the second game since his dear friend, confidant, and mentor Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, Irving put on a show for the ages.
In 32 minutes of action on January 31 against the Chicago Bulls, Irving reminded not just fans of the franchise but the entirety of the NBA of what he’s capable of once he finds a rhythm. It was just one of those magical nights.
For the game, Irving shot 19-23 including seven-of-nine from distance en route to 54 points in the victory. It was about as perfect as a 50-point outing can be—hell, he didn’t miss a field goal until the third quarter.
The degree of difficulty in which he attempted some of his field goals—as only Kyrie Irving can—compounded with his otherworldly efficiency for the contest makes this a rewatch for any fan in general.
Unfortunately, Irving would reaggravate that same shoulder and elect for surgery shortly afterward—effectively ending his 2019/20 NBA season—but during this game, he reminded Barclays faithful why their offseason excitement regarding his signing was more than warranted.