NBA 3-Point Contest 2013: Player-by-Player Grades, Reaction, Analysis
For the Three-Point Contest, we'll see a new champion crowned, as 2012 Three-Point Shootout winner Kevin Love is still on the sidelines. Stay right here with me to get all the video highlights, reaction, analysis and player grades as the competition rolls along, and enjoy the shooting.
And in case you missed it, here's the final round between Matt Bonner and Kyrie Irving.
Irving, of course, took home the trophy and won the contest for the Eastern Conference, kind of.
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And here's the championship presentation for Irving.
He put down 23 points to Matt Bonner's 20 in the finals.
Here's the first round from Kyrie Irving.
He put up 18 points in the first round.
Kyrie just broke the three-point contest's ankles.— Jared Wade (@Jared_Wade) February 17, 2013
Here's every three-pointer taken by the Western Conference team in the first round.
Matt Bonner topped it off with 19.
Matt Bonner sinks just two on the first rack, but grabs four of five on the second rack to keep his hopes alive.
The straight-away rack puts him up to 13 points, and the fourth rack puts him at 15 points, taking him out of it.
Bonner finishes up with 20 points, giving the title to Kyrie Irving.
Kyrie starts off the final round sinking every shot on the first rack and four of the five on the second rack.
He moves on to the straight-away rack and makes every one of 'em there, putting up 20 points through the first four racks.
Three of the final five shots gives him 23 points for the finals. That's a ton of pressure on Matt Bonner.
Here's the 19-point round that Matt Bonner put together.
It's Uncle Drew against The Red Mamba in the final round.
Steve Novak with four of five on his first two racks, but hits a snag on the straight-away shot.
He's got 14 points through four racks and needs four to tie Kyrie.
He grabs just three points in the final round to post 17, pushing Kyrie Irving on to the finals against Matt Bonner.
Paul George misses everything on the first rack before getting things going a bit on the second.
Up to six points through three racks, but the clock is running down way too fast.
George doesn't get the money ball off on the final rack and finishes up with a measly 10 points.
Kyrie struggles through the first two racks, and has just eight points through the first three.
A money ball rolls in to finish the fourth and he sinks four of five on the final two racks to pick up 18 points.
Kyrie Irving steps up first for the Eastern Conference.
THE RED MAMBA IS POISONOUS— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 17, 2013
Matt Bonner looks hot from the get-go. He hits every shot on the first rack is fine to fizzle out through the rest of the shots.
Bonner finishes up with 19 points and moves on to finals.
Ryan Anderson gets a bit of a good start, getting nine points in the first two racks, before getting hotter as he went along.
Every shot on the fourth rack and just enough on the fifth gives him 18 points.
Steph Curry starts out slow, hitting just two shots in the first two racks, before heating up and scoring every shot on the fourth rack and all but one on the fifth rack.
Curry picks up 17 points in the first round.
Grade: B-, not quite 27 now is it?
Steph Curry is up first with a lot of rims being hit, not a ton of nets swooshing.
Apparently Matt Bonner is now the Red Mamba, because all we needed was another colored Mamba around the league.
40 points will be awarded to the conference with the highest total score. Yadda, yadda, yadda...who cares.
Odds for the three-point contest are as follows:
Steph Curry: 2/1
Steve Novak: 11/4
Kyrie Irving: 19/4
Matt Bonner: 5/1
Ryan Anderson: 15/4
Paul George: 17/2
Oh great, that's what I was hoping to see. Whatever a Phillip Phillips is will be singing before the Three-Point Contest.
Damian Lillard finishes up his Skills Challenge win, and now we're on to the Three-Point Contest.
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