Watch Joe Johnson and Kyrie Irving Sink Big-Time Game Winners

Jan 4, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) reacts during the second half against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Wilson-USA TODAY Sports
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Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2013

Kyrie Irving and Joe Johnson each hit game-winning shots tonight, and both were so casually devastating that it's tough to decide which player had the icier water in his veins.

Johnson's came on a sweet pull-up to his right against Jordan Crawford of the Washington Wizards.

There are a couple of factors that favor Johnson here. First, his game-winner put a double-overtime contest to bed. Plus, he did it on the road and left the Wizards too little time to have any realistic hope of evening the score.

But these are the Wizards we're talking about. So it's hard to get too giddy over a shot that knocks off the league's very worst team, no matter how silky the high-arcing splash was.

For Irving, the opponent was just slightly more reputable, but the Charlotte Bobcats aren't exactly a tough beat, either. And he also left the opposition with little hope of coming back, as his jumper dropped in with just seconds remaining.

Perhaps Kyrie has a slight advantage because his overall performance was better; he scored 33 against Charlotte, while Johnson amassed only 18 points against Washington. However, it hardly seems fair to factor in total points when we're comparing individual shots.

Really, the two buckets were remarkably similar.

In the end, Irving has a slight edge because of the degree of difficulty. It's probably pretty hard to shoot with that Hannibal Lecter mask on.

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