Just as he has during every other month of the 2011-12 season, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has won NBA Rookie of the Month for March.
Through 15 games, Irving averaged a season-best splits of 19.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists.
On March 7, Irving scored or assisted on the Cavs final 12 points in the last 2:36 of the game, including making the game-winning layup with 4.0 seconds remaining, in a 100-99 win at Denver. He finished the game with 18 points, a game-high eight assists, five rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.
Irving set a career high in assists with 12, to go along with nine points, six rebounds and three steals against the Thunder on March 9. In that contest, Irving scored the go-ahead basket in the fourth quarter to help the Cavs to a 96-90 road victory, snapping Oklahoma City’s 14-game home winning streak.
He also finished with 29 points, a career-high nine rebounds, nine assists and three steals at Atlanta on March 21, becoming the first rookie this season to reach totals of at least 29 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. This would serve as Irving’s final game as a 19-year old.
On the season, Irving is averaging 18.9 points (47.1 percent shooting), 4.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas, as he did in February, won the award for the Western Conference.