Thursday January 7th, 2016

After the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 121–115 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, LeBron James cast high praise on point guard Kyrie Irving.

“He’s, if not the best, one or two best point guards in our league along with Steph,” James said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

James led Cleveland’s effort on Wednesday with 34 points, four assists and 10 rebounds, but Irving was close behind with 32 points, three assists and five rebounds.

LeBron James: 34-point performance ‘absolutely’ inspired by Leah Still

Irving, 23, sat out the beginning of the season to recover from a knee injury, but since his return the Cavaliers have lost only one game in which he has played. Through seven games, the three-time All Star is averaging 17.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Curry, a two-time All Star and last season’s MVP, is averaging a league-leading 29.3 points per game with 5.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. The 27-year-old has led the Warriors to an NBA-best 33–2 record, including a Christmas Day win over the Cavaliers in their first meeting since last year’s NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, and next face the Warriors on Jan. 18.

- Erin Flynn

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