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Irving channels his inner "Mamba" to close out Game 7

  • Irving channels his inner "Mamba" to close out Game 7
Originally created on SilverSurfer Blog by Michael Madelly.

Kyrie Irving calmly brought the ball up the court with a minute remaining in game seven of the NBA Finals tied at 89-all against the Golden State Warriors.

Irving faced up two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and drilled the contested three with 53 seconds left that would eventually seal the deal for the Cavaliers, delivering Cleveland's first ever NBA Championship.

When Irving was asked about his thought process prior to taking the final dagger, the Melbourne-born point guard replied, "All I was thinking in the back of my mind was Mamba mentality."

The Black Mamba, also known as recently-retired Kobe Bryant, is no stranger to clutch moments on the NBA's biggest stage with the future Hall-of-Famer winning five championships in his 20-year career in the league.

This isn't the first time Irving has credited Bryant for leading the way. 

After he scored a career-high 57 points in San Antonio last season, Irving credited Bryant for showing him the form that led to his game-tying shot that sent the game to overtime. "As long as my elbow's pointed at the rim, I feel like it has a great chance to go in," he said. "I learned that from Kobe Bryant."

If it's just a case of Irving channeling the Mamba to get the results we saw in game seven, you can bet the house the All-Star point guard is bound for more championship glory during his NBA career.

Just like his childhood hero.

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