Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott wanted to give his second-year guard advice for Saturday’s 3-Point Contest.
Kyrie Irving didn’t want to hear any of it.
Scott’s best finish in the event, after all, was third place in 1988. Why would Irving want to listen? Irving wanted to win, not finish third.
After Irving’s 3-point competition victory at Toyota Center, Scott won’t want to hear any of it.
“I can give myself my own advice now,” Irving said with a grin.
Irving caught fire in the championship round, beating San Antonio’s Matt Bonner 23-20. Irving made nine of his first 10 shots and 17 of his first 18, coming up two points shy of the event’s record for one round.
“I just wanted to go out and prove a point that I was one of the premiere shooters,” Irving said. “I started off pretty hot. I got pretty tired when I came to the last rack.”
Irving earned Cleveland’s first win in the 3-point competition since 1994, when Mark Price won his second straight.
In the event, the players took shots from five stations beyond the 3-point line. There were four one-point shots and one two-point shot at each station.
The win continued Irving’s amazing success in his first two seasons on All-Star Weekend. Last year, he was the MVP in the Rising Star’s Game — which is made up of first- and second-year players.
Friday, he scored 32 points in Team Shaq’s 163-135 loss to Team Chuck in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Cavs’ Kyrie Irving wins 3-Point Shootout
Houston Chronicle | Feb 17