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Irving wins Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

POSTED: Feb 17, 2013 2:50 AM ET


Kyrie Irving put up a score of 23 to win the Foot Locker Three Point Contest.

> 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)

West gets highest score in TEAM round (40 points).

East (Kyrie Irving) gets highest score in CHAMPIONSHIP round (10 points)

• EVENT SCORE -- EAST: 10 | WEST: 40

> Video Recap

• Round 1: Curry | Irving | Bonner | Novak | Anderson

• Round 2: Irving | Bonner

HOUSTON -- Kyrie Irving had just finished saying his All-Star weekend was about earning everybody's respect. It was about the way a second-year player already in the main-event Sunday showcase -- and off a bad team at that -- wants to prove he belongs among the greats of the game. He had, more specifically, just finished making the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest an unexpected proving ground.

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest: Irving Rd 2

A win on All-Star Saturday doesn't ordinarily count for anything real, but there is nothing ordinary about Irving's situation. Emerging superstar, yes; destined for a long career as one of the top point guards, obviously; good enough to be the centerpiece of the Cavaliers' future and about to become one of the key new pickups for Team USA in international play, absolutely.

Except that Irving is so unknown as a threat from behind the arc, despite decent evidence to the contrary, that he rated himself a distant challenger in the event. In the end, he had the best mark among the three Eastern Conference competitors in the first round. He then beat San Antonio's Matt Bonner in the second and final round to win the contest in Toyota Center, and maybe even send a message in what should have been a playful moment compared to all the other accolades.

"I feel like I'm a better off-the-dribble shooter than a spot-up shooter," Irving said. "I'm not sure how many 3s I have on the year, but not as many as the guys I was shooting against out there. I try to be as efficient as possible. That's about it."

He has 82 threes on the year, behind four of the five others in the field and ahead of only Bonner, and Bonner has the excuse of averaging all of 12.6 minutes a game. Ryan Anderson, eliminated in the first round, has nearly twice as many at 159.

"I feel like I was a dark horse in this competition," said Irving, who does have the credibility of being 13th in the league in 3-point percentage. "I just wanted to go out and prove a point that I was one of the premier shooters out here with all these guys. Steve Novak and Matt Bonner, I never thought I'd beat those guys."

--Scott Howard-Cooper

George, Irving headline field for Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
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2013 Eastern Conference Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Participants

Paul George (Indiana)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland)
Steve Novak (New York)

2013 Western Conference Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Participants

Ryan Anderson (New Orleans)
Matt Bonner (San Antonio)
Stephen Curry (Golden State)

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

Long-range supremacy is up for grabs in Houston on Feb. 16 when the NBA's best shooters take aim in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday Night. Six shooters will participate in one of All-Star Weekend's most hotly anticipated contests.

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

Long-range supremacy is up for grabs in Houston on Feb. 16 when the NBA's best shooters take aim in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday Night. Six shooters will participate in one of All-Star Weekend's most hotly anticipated contests.

Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2013 commemorative red, white and blue "money ball" worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can.

Last year, Kevin Love bested Kevin Durant in the final round to take home the title.


Love outduels Durant to win Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
Kevin Love survived two tiebreakers to claim the 2012 Three-Point Contest title. To do it, he beat the hometown favorite, Ryan Anderson; former three-point contest winner James Jones; Anthony Morrow, who wore a jersey honoring the late Drazen Petrovic; and then out-pointed Kevin Durant, a top-three NBA scorer.

And he did this while bringing the lowest three-point percentage of all the contestants, which meant nothing on this night.

Heat's Jones outlasts duo of Celtics to win 3-Point Contest
Often overshadowed by his superstar Heat teammates, James Jones was the center of attention on All-Star Saturday night as he beat a pair of Celtics in the final round to win the 2011 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.

For one night, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were mere courtside spectators, standing around and watching the Heat's fourth (fifth?) option in a shootout against two players standing in Miami's way of a conference championship.

Jones' 20 point total in the final round gave him the title over Paul Pierce's 18 and Ray Allen's 15.

Pierce redeems himself to claim Foot Locker Three-Point title
Getting redemption the only place possible for the moment, Paul Pierce of the Celtics atoned for a bad showing his last time in the competition by winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during the 2010 All-Star Weekend in Dallas.

After posting 17 points in the first round, Pierce out-dueled Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Chauncey Billups of the Nuggets in the final round.


Heat's cook ends Kapono's reign
Miami's Daequan Cook ended Jason Kapono's two-year reign as the NBA's best exhibition sharpshooter, besting Orlando's Rashard Lewis in overtime in Phoenix.

Kapono repeats with dominating Three-Point performance
Jason Kapono kept his Contest title and dominated the 2008 field. Kapono notched 25 points in the final round in New Orleans, tying the all-time record set in 1986 by Mark Price. He set a new mark for most points in a final round of the Contest, flipping in 20-of-25 shot attempts (including 10 in a row from the third ball of the first rack to the second ball of the third rack) for a total of 25 points.

Kapono ties final-round record
Jason Kapono tied Mark Price's final-round record with 24 points and outlasted Gilbert Arenas on his way to the 2007 Contest title in Las Vegas. Arenas notched a first-round high of 23 points and had 17 in the finals.

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Three-Point Contest Year-By-Year Winners

2012 -- Kevin Love, Minnesota
2011 -- James Jones, Miami
2010 -- Paul Pierce, Boston
2009 -- Daequan Cook, Miami
2008 -- Jason Kapono, Toronto
2007 -- Jason Kapono, Miami Heat
2006 -- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2005 -- Quentin Richardson, Phoenix
2004 -- Voshon Lenard, Denver
2003 -- Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2002 -- Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2001 -- Ray Allen, Milwaukee
2000 -- Jeff Hornacek, Utah
1998 -- Jeff Hornacek, Utah
1997 -- Steve Kerr, Chicago
1996 -- Tim Legler, Washington
1995 -- Glen Rice, Miami
1994 -- Mark Price, Cleveland
1993 -- Mark Price, Cleveland
1992 -- Craig Hodges, Chicago
1991 -- Craig Hodges, Chicago
1990 -- Craig Hodges, Chicago
1989 -- Dale Ellis, Seattle
1988 -- Larry Bird, Boston
1987 -- Larry Bird, Boston
1986 -- Larry Bird, Boston