In another All-Star weekend upset, the Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving won the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest over the San Antonio Spurs Matt Bonner. Scoring a stellar 23 points in the final round, Irving followed up a big performance in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge with another huge performance.
The first round saw the favorites go cold and leave the door open for the two eventual finalists. The competition started off as one of the favorites in Stephen Curry scored a respectable 17 points. Next up was Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, who started off hot but faded late to score 18 points. Bonner went last for the West, and he moved onto the finals with a 19-point performance.
In the East, Irving went first and got hot late to finish with 18. Next up was Indiana’s Paul George, who did not even finish shooting all of his balls. He finished with 10 points, the low score of the night. Last up was Steve Novak of the New York Knicks, who led the NBA in three-point shooting last season. He had 10 points halfway through, but cooled off to finish with 17.
In the finals Irving came out hot, hitting his first five shots. After cooling off ever so slightly in the middle, Irving finished strong to total 23 points overall. Bonner then shot well enough to be in mathematical contention until the end, but missed key shots late to cede the title to Irving.
Irving’s win pulled the East within 20 points of the West in the battle for charity.
Updated Score: West 40, East 10