Irving shot exceptionally well, going 20-for-31 from the field and 8-for-12 from beyond the arc. He scored 41 in the first half alone -- the most anyone has scored in a single half since Devin Booker's 51 in 2017. He now holds the Nets' franchise record for points in a single game. The win, the Nets' fourth in a row, puts them at 36-33 for the season.
Irving is the latest player to score at least 50 points in March. His performance Tuesday night ties an NBA record for most 50-point games in a single calendar month. LeBron James (twice), Jayson Tatum, Kevin Durant and Karl-Anthony Towns have the others. Combined with Towns' 60-point performance Monday, it's the first time players have scored 60 points on consecutive days since 1962, when Wilt Chamberlain did it all by himself in back-to-back games.
As expected, the NBA went wild on social media with praise of Irving's historic game.
Ky stop it man!!! Actually don't 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 16, 2022
Jersey putting up numbers.— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) March 16, 2022
Damn Kyrie 🧙🏾♂️— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) March 16, 2022
60!— Tiago Splitter (@tiagosplitter) March 16, 2022
That's a show @KyrieIrving 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🔥🔥🔥🔥— Marreese Speights (@Mospeights16) March 16, 2022
Kyrie really the most skilled player ever. Not even sure its a debate.— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 16, 2022
Young Kobe!!! Master of the game https://t.co/TXQpKMCd6C— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) March 16, 2022
Kyrie got 40 in the first half & yall telling me he not a top 75 🤦🏾♂️!!!— Philly Cheese 🧀 (@dionwaiters3) March 16, 2022
The League is UP right now , everybody hoopin— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 16, 2022
Bron lit a match in the league dropping those two 50pt games. Kat drops 60 last night kyrie drops 60 tonight. Love these boys trying to 1 up each other. Who's next???— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) March 16, 2022
Playoffs bout to be CRAZY 🔥 🔥🔥
@KyrieIrving putting on a show!!!— Carlos Boozer (@MisterCBooz) March 16, 2022
Kyrie got 41 at halftime?!?!?!— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) March 16, 2022
I hope The Magic stay close so Ky can get 60..— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) March 16, 2022
Kyrie is so tough smh— Darius Miller (@DmillerKY) March 16, 2022