CLEVELAND -- The New Orleans Hornets didn't have an answer for Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.
The All-Star scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth to spark the Cavs' 105-100 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday before a national-television audience.
"Kyrie was making shots everywhere," Cavs coach Byron Scott said.
He re-entered the game with 7 minutes, 8 seconds remaining, and immediately took over the game.
Irving, fresh off his win in the Three-Point Contest on All-Star weekend, converted on 6-of-9 shots in the fourth quarter.
"You can kind of see it coming," Scott said. "He gets a little bit of a gleam in his eye. He hits one or two and he kind of gets going. You could see in the fourth quarter he was just really aggressive.
"I thought he did a great job of getting himself some space, getting to the basket, finishing, making shots. He just kind of put us on his back."
For the game, he made 13 of 22 from the field, 2 of 5 from behind the arc. He added five rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
"It came strictly from the trust my teammates have in me that I'll make plays," Irving said. "The fourth quarter is winning time. Some shots went in for me."
He mentioned before the game he was still a bit sluggish after his whirlwind of a weekend in Houston. He sure didn't appear to be dragging.