Kyrie Irving gives his game jersey, sneakers to military members after Celtics beat Nets

After the Boston Celtics finished off the Brooklyn Nets to earn their 13th straight win, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving capped off his night by making a special delivery to a pair of members of the United States Armed Forces.

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It was Military Appreciation Night at Barclays Center, and after the final buzzer, Irving made a beeline to sideline. First, he took off his green Celtics jersey. Then, he stepped out of his sneakers — a special edition of his Nike signature shoes that paid tribute to his mother, Elizabeth, who died when he was four years old. Irving, who’s done a few of of these sorts of post-game giveaways this season, then handed the game-worn gear to two of the soldiers, then shook hands with all four of the military members standing by, before making his way back to the visiting locker room.

Kyrie Irving shakes the hands of two members of the United States Armed Forces after giving them his game-worn sneakers and jersey. (Screencap via NBC Sports Boston)

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It was a classy end to a 25-point, five-assist performance in Irving’s first action since suffering a facial fracture in a Friday night win over the Charlotte Hornets.

The Celtics will now sit at 13-2, with the NBA’s best record, when they take on the West-leading defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in a marquee nationally televised matchup between the league’s best offense (Golden State, averaging a blistering 116.1 points per 100 possessions) and its No. 1 defense (Boston, allowing a minuscule 95.8 points-per-100).

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