One of the more interesting basketball debates that is regularly debated on the internet is Kyrie Irving vs. John Wall. It usually starts off as a talent evaluation and it ends up becoming a question of form rather than substance. On one end, you have a more traditional PG who looks for assists and pushes the pace at any opportunity he gets. On the other hand, you have one of the craftiest scorers in the game that even without elite vision makes his teammates better because his scoring ability attracts five pair of eyes at all times. At its core, it’s a conversation between what the point guard position is and what it used to be.
Last night, the two went toe-to-toe and neither disappointed. Wall had 34 points, 13 assists, and 6 rebounds while Irving countered with 38 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists and a fantastic one-man show to secure the win for the Celtics.
Wall was a blur in the 4th quarter and beyond scoring 19 points and 3 assists which included a dazzling 4th quarter where he scored 12 points and blazed by any Celtic who stood in front of him. On the flip side, Irving was struggling. As the Celtics headed into OT after a crucial boxing out blunder, momentum was not on their side and it was fair to wonder if the short-handed Celtics had anything left in the tank, specially Kyrie who was heading into the OT shooting 9/23 including a missed go-ahead layup that would have won the Celtics the game in regulation.
But what separates the stars from the rest is their unwavering confidence in themselves that coincides with their supernatural ability that can take over a game in a moment’s notice. After the Celtics initial push to get the lead up to six, the Wizards responded with a 7-0 run of their own and it seemed like John Wall had re-found his 4th quarter momentum.
And then Kyrie happened.
Over the final three minutes, Irving scored the Celtics final 12 points including outscoring the Wizards 10-4 after they re-took the lead in overtime. The winning stretch was a 6-2 run between Irving and Wall in what felt like a mini one-on-one as their respective teammates gave them the floor.
Kyrie vs. John Wall in OT was pic.twitter.com/aaghFsAN7h— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 13, 2018
The stretch sealed the deal in a back and forth game and to rub salt in the wound just a little more, Irving closed out the game showered in MVP chants.
Kyrie Irving getting the MVP chants in Washington, D.C. pic.twitter.com/BiPVVXDODT— - ✌ (@TheNoLookPass) December 13, 2018
The battle was awesome, the ending was amazing, but when it mattered the most, advantage: Kyrie.