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Video: Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving pours in career-high 44 points vs. Bobcats

Kyrie Irving set a new career-high by scoring 44 points in Cleveland's 96-94 home loss to Charlotte on Saturday night.

The Cavaliers' two-time All-Star point guard shot 16-for-31 for the field, 5-for-9 from deep and added eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 43 minutes. Irving eclipsed his previous career-high of 41 points, which he has done twice: during a Nov. 16, 2013 victory over the Wizards and during a Dec. 15, 2012, loss to the Knicks.

Everything that makes Irving one of the league's most promising young point guards was on display against Charlotte: he finished acrobatically in transition, beat a trap with a step-back jumper, showed off his deep three-point range and unleashed his lightning-quick handle.

The breakout performance comes just days after Irving returned to the court after missing roughly two weeks with a left biceps injury. Irving's big night also came hours after he expressed frustration at recent reports that suggested he wants to force his way out of Cleveland.

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"I've been getting it all season," Irving said during pre-game comments, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I just feel like I definitely don't deserve it. It was just one of those things where you have to deal with it, but at a certain point, it got to be too much. It's been like that the whole entire season."

Unfortunately, Irving missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in overtime. The loss dropped Cleveland to 31-47 on the season, moving them 3.5 games behind Atlanta, the East's No. 8 seed, with just four games left to play.

Irving isn't the first All-Star to light up Charlotte this year, as Carmelo Anthony (62 points) and LeBron James (61 points) have both enjoyed big games against the Bobcats.

Charlotte (39-38) clinched its second postseason appearance in franchise history with the win.

Video via YouTube user NBA