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Kyrie Irving cites coach Brad Stevens as the reason for his clutch performances this season

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Kyrie Irving is enjoying playing some of the best basketball of his career with the Boston Celtics as the team is on the wave of an incredible 15-game winning streak. 

The point guard appears to be justifying his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer as he's thriving with the added responsibility has with the youthful Celtics. 

Irving has come up big when it matters for Boston during their winning run and has excelled in clutch moments in some of their close victories. 

The four-time All-Star has always been a reliable player in crunch time but he believes Brad Stevens is a huge reason why he's been able to produce in late-game situations for his new team. 

"(Stevens) understands the talent that I have at that point, especially in the fourth quarter," Irving told the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

"But I also understand his brilliant mind. So when we're preparing and going through walk-through or simulating situations, it's kind of easy to just go off one another. I'm able to see the reads and what's going to happen, and then he makes the play-calls and what he sees out there. And we're just continuously building that trust with one another. So it's pretty easy."

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Kyrie is currently leading the league in clutch scoring this season with 5.5 points on 57.6 percent shooting from the field, 33.3 percent from long range, and 86.7 percent from the free-throw line, and has led the C's to an 8-2 record in games within five points in the final five minutes.

The Massachusetts-based franchise has dealt with multiple challenges and situations during its impressive streak and has been able to count its floor general when they need some star power to close games out. 

But the 25-year-old isn't willing to take all the credit and cites Stevens as the mastermind behind it all, using an interesting analogy to describe the relationship he has with his head coach. 

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"He's the man, so I just try to soak up as much knowledge as possible," he said. "Just being in kind of the passenger seat and then also, it's like having a driving-school teacher.

"He's driving you the whole time, then he puts you in the driving seat sometimes and you're able to see the road. When you're able to bounce ideas and have that type of connection, and it's still developing, it's pretty awesome."

Boston will look to make it 16 straight wins when they travel to face the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night - the team with the league's worst record at 3-14.

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