Celtics G Kyrie Irving scored 31 points against the Knicks on Saturday night in what was a homecoming of sorts for the 25-year-old, who grew up in nearby West Orange, New Jersey.
"Playing in the Mecca is always fun -- it has a way of bringing out the best in people," Irving said, according to the New York Post. "It's a hard matchup because a lot of people come to see the Knicks play. You just want to play well on a floor like this."
Irving made it clear that although it is nice to play games in New York, he is not quite a New Yorker. "I'm not from there, I'm from Jersey," he said. "Let's get that straight. I love New York, but I'm from Jersey."
Irving, who is slated to become a free agent in 2019, let it be known during All-Star festivities that he informed Kristaps Porzingis that he would "love to play with a big like you."
In 55 games with the Celtics this season, Irving is averaging 24.7 points and 5.1 assists per game. Irving is in his first season with the Celtics after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers