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You knew it was going to be a special night when 40 year old Juwan Howard was in the starting lineup. The Fab Five member was starting because the Miami Five of Chalmers, Wade, LeBron, Bosh and Haslem were resting. With King James and the usual suspects out of the lineup that meant somebody was going to have to step up big to stop Kyrie Irving and the Cavs and that man turned out to be The Fresh Prince of Miami – Norris Cole.
Norris had a game as great as his hair racking up 16 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 3-pointers, 1 block and 1 game saving steal on Kyrie Irving. With the Cavs down by 1 with 10 seconds left, Irving went into Steph Curry mode and tried a series of fancy dribbles and spins but instead of delivering the usual ankle breaker, Cole came up with the steal to break the play.
“In a game like that, things happen so fast that it’s about instincts,” said Cole
“He made a spin move and he had to the get the shot up and up and my instincts were when he brought the ball up, to strip down, and it just so happened that I got the ball.”
Kyrie didn’t take the loss to well as he skipped out on Fan Appreciation night.
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “While the rest of the players lined up to hand selected fans their jerseys and shoes as part of Fan Appreciation Night, Irving immediately sprinted off the court at the buzzer and into the locker room. Irving’s quick exit left a staff member to scramble back to the locker room and gather a jersey and pair of Irving’s shoes to be handed out by someone else.