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WATCH: Kyrie Irving strikes Paul Pierce after running through hard screen

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was not happy after receiving an elbow from Paul Pierce in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game, and he delivered a shot to his opponent in response.

It happened when Pierce set a screen, which Irving attempted to fight through. However, it looked as if Pierce shifted his weight a bit, and Irving caught some of his elbow as a result.

Irving, understandably, wasn’t happy about it, so he struck Pierce in his ribs. We won’t call it a punch, but it was close.

Irving was hit with a flagrant-1 foul and ejected from the game.