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Skip Bayless calls Kyrie Irving 'best clutch closer in all of basketball'

Evan Marinofsky
December 26, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Kyrie Irving's 40-point outburst against the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas day was just enough to give the Boston Celtics a 121-114 overtime win. For the Celtics, it was the biggest gift they could ask for. 

An extra Christmas gift for C's fans was Skip Bayless' assessment of the performance on Wednesday morning's edition of Undisputed

"My man Kyrie reminded the world once again that inch for inch, he's the best clutch closer in all of basketball," Bayless said. "I know the GMs in the offseason survey voted runaway for Kevin Durant as the guy they wanted with the ball in his hands to take the last second shot. That's in large part because Kevin is seven feet tall with an eight-foot wingspan and can shoot threes from 30 feet. 

"Kyrie at 6-foot-3 did remind us that he's the opposite of LeBron James, his ex-teammate: the bigger the stage, the bigger the moment, the clutcher he gets." 

On Tuesday, Irving hit a floater over Jimmy Butler with 19.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, Irving hit a three to give Boston the lead with two minutes remaining and then drilled an insurance three off a fast break to extend the lead. 

Bayless was impressed to say the least. 

"That's Kyrie because on those stages, he's unbeatable when he gets in that kind of a flow on that kind of stage. Seriously, I don't think Philly could play a much better road game on a big stage than they did yesterday. Down the stretch, it was just too much Kyrie." 

Irving finished the game with a double-double, as alongside the 40 points he gobbled up a game-high 10 rebounds.