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Watch: Kyrie Irving embarrasses Dwight Howard with between-the-legs dribble and finish

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It's clear to see that Kyrie Irving is already loving life with the Boston Celtics, despite not starting the regular season yet.

After surprisingly requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, the four-time All-Star was offloaded to Beantown.

Speaking on Wednesday about the city of Boston, the point guard said: "I'm really playing in a real, live sports city."

He also said there is a "vast difference" between Boston and Cleveland as he gushed about his new surroundings.

His happiness off the floor certainly appears to be having an effect for the Celtics on it as he has put in some impressive displays in the pre-season.

Irving enjoyed his best performance in a 108-100 victory on the road over the Charlotte Hornets last night.

Boston Celtics v Charlotte Hornets

He posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists in the win and produced the highlight play of the night.

With Kyrie going full speed in transition, he was faced up by Hornets big man Dwight Howard but managed to blow by him with ease thanks to an outrageous between the legs dribble and darted to the basket to finish with one of his trademark layups.

It was a moment of magic from 'Uncle Drew' who once again showed why many consider him to have the best handles in the league and possibly of all-time.

He explained how he came up with the eye-catching skill in his post-game interview.

"Initially you see the spacing the weak side. Guys were a little bit behind the play,” he said, per Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com.

"It's me matched up against Dwight Howard on a very high-paced fast break. [Marcus Morris] is to my right. Frank Kaminsky has got to make a decision coming down in transition who he's going to guard.

Charlotte Hornets v Boston Celtics

"So, fake with your head, or fake with the ball, or fake with your whole entire body, which I did,” he continued. "Dwight Howard's (now) behind the play, and then using the basketball rim as a shield to be able to make a finish like that.”

The 25-year-old put on a dazzling display and had zero turnovers as he made plays for both himself and his teammates throughout the night.

Having featured in three straight NBA Finals, the world knows just how special Irving is as he's delivered on the biggest stage.

Boston Celtics v Charlotte Hornets

But it's not just fans that marvel at his ball-handling abilities, he often leaves his teammates in awe too.

"It's insane to watch,” said Marcus Smart. "It's hard not to just sit back and watch sometimes.”

His old fans in Cleveland will get to see what they'll be missing as he returns to his former team on Tuesday night in an eagerly-anticipated showdown at Quicken Loans Arena to tip off the new season.

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