Kyrie Irving after 48-point exposion: Every night I try to put myself in that zone
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Kyrie Irving said the fourth quarters are the time when he is looking to explode as he was glad that his 48-point performance against the Utah Jazz helped the Brooklyn Nets end their losing streak. The Nets, who have been playing without Kevin Durant for a while now, entered the Jazz game riding a four-game losing streak.
But Irving showed great leadership on Friday night as he dropped 48 points in a 117-106 win over the Jazz. Also, Irving grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists. "Every night I try to put myself in that place, in that zone.
Specifically in the fourth quarter when it's winning time. But I just think the way we started off the game really made a difference tonight and then the way we finished, I felt like we grew as a squad," Irving said, per ESPN.
Irving not thinking selfishly
On Sunday, the Nets will be playing the Golden State Warriors on the road. After dropping 48 points against the Jazz, Irving was asked whether he was looking for another scoring explosion from his side.
But Irving is not putting himself ahead of the team as he noted he wants just to do what will put the Nets in the best possible position to win. "It's a team attitude that I'm having coming into Sunday. That's really the foundation of us growing throughout this process right now we're in.
Me getting out of my own way and allowing the other guys to help and taking this journey day by day. So the ups and downs are going to come and go, but we just have to stay poised and stay consistent and it starts with me showing up every day and leading by example and just putting my body on the line and doing whatever it takes to win," Irving said.
Following their win over the Jazz, the Nets improved to 28-17. With that record, the Nets hold the fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. It remains to be seen if Irving can also lead the Nets to a win over the Warriors.