Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving continued making headlines at All-Star weekend in Houston. Irving, who was one of the three representatives for the Eastern Conference in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, scored 18 points in the team round. That wasn’t enough to help earn his team the 40 points that would be to the conference with the highest total, as the Western Conference trio of Matt Bonner, Stephen Curry and Ryan Anderson combined for a more impressive effort.
Irving was the first Eastern Conference contestant to shoot and got off to a cold start. He made his last three shots on the first rack of balls, but could only convert on one attempt in the second set of racks. The third rack, which is a straight on three pointer, helped the sophomore point guard gain some momentum. On rack No. 4 Irving made four of his five attempts, but the most important shot was the money ball that carried a favorable bounce. He finished with 18 points in his first go-around, putting him in a head-to-head battle with Bonner.
Irving shot first once again in the final round, and continued on his shooting tear that ended the first round. He made all five of his attempts on the first rack and continued to make his first seven shots. He also managed to make all five of his shots on rack No. 3. That is the same rack that ignited his play in the first round to put him in the championship round.
He made three of his five shots on the last two racks to put his point total at a very impressive 23 points. Bonner, who struggled from the onset, dug himself in too deep of a hole to surpass Kyrie in the waning moments of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. While TNT announcers were commenting and critiquing on the positioning of his feet and his shooting rotation, Irving was too busy doing what he does best: getting buckets.
Irving hoisted a trophy for the second year in a row on All-Star weekend, and added a new trophy to his collection that will vastly grow as the years go by. He is already one of the best shooters in the NBA, and he showcased his talents on Saturday night.