NBA 3-Point Contest 2013: Kyrie Irving explodes in final round to take 3-point crown

Ronald Martinez

Kyrie Irving scored a near record 23 in the final round to beat Matt Bonner for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Championship.

Kyrie Irving continued to wow Houston crowds Saturday night, taking home the Foot Locker three-point title. One night after Irving put on a show in the Rookie Sophomore Challenge, the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star erupted in the title round, coming close to tying the all-time one round record.

Irving's championship round opponent, San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner, looked like he might not miss early in the first round, scoring the bulk of his 19 points in the first three racks. Bonner's score was good enough for the high total in the first round. Irving wasn't far behind, putting up a score of 18 to barely edge former Houston Rocket and current New York Knicks forward Steve Novak, who put in 17.

Irving went first in the final round, missing only one ball in his first two racks. Irving admitted on the TNT telecast that he got tired on the final two racks, but his score of 23 was just two points behind the record 25 both Craig Hodges and Jason Kapono shot. Bonner went second and started off slow and couldn't catch up, scoring a final round of 20. Irving will next play for the Eastern Conference in Sunday night's All-Star game.

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