Kyrie Irving's 23 points came within two points of the Three-Point shootout record, as the Cavs All-Star beat Spurs forward Matt Bonner in the finals.
The loaded Foot Locker Three-Point Contest field impressed on All-Star Saturday Night, with all but one competitor finishing with more than 15 points. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry kicked things off, finishing with 17 points. New Orleans Hornets' Ryan Anderson went second, putting home 18 points. San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner, who made the contest with the help of a huge #LetBonnerShoot Twitter campaign, poured in a first-round high of 19.
Kyrie Irving was up first for the East and got going on the fourth rack, finishing with an East-high 18 points. Paul George air-balled a shot on his first attempt, and things didn't get much better from there, as he finished with just 10 points. Steve Novak made a fifth rack charge, finishing with 17 points, one short of Irving.
Bonner and Irving squared off in the finals, with Irving shooting first. The Cavaliers All-Star got off to a hot start, scoring 17 points in his first three racks. Irving finished the championship round with 23 points, two shy of all-time record.
That put the pressure on Bonner, who started slow but came on in the second and third racks, but couldn't quite catch Irving, fishing with 20 points. That gave Irving a Three-Point title to go along with the Rookie Challenge MVP he picked up last year. Irving's win pulled the East within 20 points of the West in the conference battle for charity.