Kyrie Irving conceded he has amazed even himself with the type of impact he has already made on the NBA. He is amazing the rest of the league, too.
Irving won the 3-point contest on All-Star Saturday night, scoring 23 points in the final round to fall two points shy of the contest’s record.
Irving considered himself a darkhorse in the event and said last week he thought he could surprise some people. Then he went out and missed just five shots in the final round to defeat the San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner and continue his remarkable run.
“When I’m alone and I’m watching SportsCenter or NBA TV, it’s a surreal moment,” Irving said. “I do have some surreal moments at times. It’s a blessing and an honor to be recognized as one of the great players in the league.”
The Rising Stars MVP and Rookie of the Year from last season, Irving is again taking over All-Star weekend. He dazzled in the Rising Stars game again Friday with his crossover skills, then scored 18 points in the first round Saturday before really catching fire in the second round. He is the second Cavs player to win the contest after Mark Price won it in 1993 and 1994 and his final-round score was just shy of the 25 points recorded by both Craig Hodges (1986) and Jason Kapono (2008).
Kyrie Irving wins 3-point contest
Akron Beacon Journal | Feb 17