Thursday's A.M. Hot Clicks: Kyrie Irving Explodes for the Cavs

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Kyrie's Big Night

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No LeBron. No problem. Kyrie Irving scored a NBA season-high 55 points as the Cavs defeated the Blazers 99-94, putting him in a fraternity of other NBA 50-plus-point scorers over the past decade (see gallery above). Other than a minor injury scare to Kevin Love, it was a perfect night for the Cavs, capped off by Irving's game-clinching three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. LeBron was excited about the performance, both during the game and after.

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Super Bowl Notes

The fire alarm went off again last night at the Patriots hotel, making it twice in three nights the team has dealt with a middle-of-the-night disturbance ... A group of fans have started a petition on Change.org to move the Super Bowl to Saturday ... For those wondering what shirtless Pete Carrolllooks like ...Richard Sherman made a good Deflategate joke during a Madden game against Patriots RB Shane Vereen ... The Seahawks' biggest fan may be this 29-inch pony ... Inside the library of Bill Belichick ... A journalist suggested a Skittles ban to get even with Marshawn Lynch ... Gisele and The Brady Bunch are very excited about Sunday's game.

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The First 2015 SI Swimsuit Rookie Is...

Yesterday, I tweeted that I'd have the first rookie of the SI Swimsuit Class of 2015 in A.M. Hot Clicks. I jumped the gun on that. She will be revealed at 11 a.m. We will introduce a new rookie every weekday until the issue is released a week from Tuesday. Kate Upton and I apologize for the confusion.

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Lovely Lady of the Day

With the newest SI Swimsuit rookie about to be revealed, let's pay tribute to last year's Rookie of the Year, Sara Sampaio (click here for full-size gallery).

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Cleavage or Not Cleavage?

There really are Super Bowl prop bets for everything.

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Bad Moments in Customer Service

Don't think Mr. Brown was thrilled with the nickname Comcast gave him.

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Can't Tell If I Love or Hate These

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Scenes From $1 Beer Night

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Sad State of the Silverdome

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Where's Damien?

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From the SI Vault

Edgar Jones, Larry Nance, Ralph Sampson, Orlando Woolridge, Back Row (L-R) Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Julius Erving, Michael Cooper and Clyde Drexler :: Getty Images

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On this day in 1984, Larry Nance won the NBA's inaugural Slam-Dunk Contest, highlighted by a two-ball windmill dunk. This photo shows all the contestants in the event. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.

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Odds & Ends

This pint-sized North Carolina fan has a great pregame ritual ... The Suns practiced at owner Robert Sarver's house due to the Super Bowl craziness in Arizona ... JaMarcus Russell is now hanging out with Rick Ross .... Brian Billick is not a Johnny Manziel fan ... Blazers centerRobin Lopez is in a bizarre feud with the Cavs mascot ... George Gervin isn't so sureKlay Thompson broke his record for most points in a quarter ... Phil Mickelson got fired by his brother from his role as assistant coach of the ASU golf team ... A secret bar hidden behind a Coke vending machine ... The best hotel fireplaces.

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Drew Brees Visits Conan

The Saints QB is tested on his knowledge of inflated football.

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Lil' Mayo Steals the Show

Gerard Mayo's 4-year-old daughter Chya was the star of Media Day.

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Life of a Rookie

Andrew Wiggins tries to give a postgame interview but Thaddeus Young will have none of it.

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Bad Moments in Local Weather

Cory McCloskey, a Phoenix weatherman, rolls with the punches on this one.

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