Kyrie Irving Hits His First Game Winner Two Years Before LeBron, Kobe, And Jordan Did

Kyrie Irving was playing in his 19th NBA game ever last night when he went and did this to give his Cavaliers the 88-87 win over the Boston Celtics

LeBron James hit his first ever game winning shot in the 227th game of his career. The jumper he connected on came with 0.9 seconds left in an overtime match-up with Charlotte, launched 21-feet away from the basket. It was the 68th game of his third NBA season. 

Kobe Bryant’s first game winner came in the 214th NBA game that he played, when he connected on two game winning free throws with 8.6 seconds left to beat the Dallas Mavericks 108-106.

Of the these three, only Micheal Jordan’s first game winner also came during his rookie season. In only his eighth NBA game, Jordan hit a 12-foot jumper with four seconds left to beat the Indiana Pacers 118-116.

When Jordan hit his first game winning NBA shot, he was 21-years old. The same age that both Kobe and LeBron were when they first did what Kyrie Irving did last night, at the age of 19.

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