Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in the months of December and January.
Irving averaged 18.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 28.8 minutes per game. During the month, he ranked 1st in scoring, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free throw percentage and assists among Eastern Conference rookies.
Irving scored 20 or more points in 10 of 20 games and shot at least .500 from the field 12 times in games played in December and January.
The 6-foot-3 rookie scored a career-high 32 points and added six rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes against the Nets on January 27. In that game, he scored 21 points in the fourth quarter (including 17 in the final three minutes of the game) becoming the first rookie to score at least 21 points in the fourth quarter of a game since Marcus Williams of New Jersey scored 21 points in the fourth quarter on November 24, 2006. He became the first player to score 17 or more points in the final three minutes of the game since Vince Carter scored 18 points in the last three minutes for the Nets against Chicago on April 11, 2006.
Against Boston on Jan. 29, Irving made the game-winning shot with 2.6 seconds left to beat the Celtics 88-87. In that game, he finished with a game-high 23 points, four rebounds and a game-high six assists in 33 minutes.