NBA 3-Point Contest 2017: Winner, Score Results and Twitter Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets shoots during the JBL Three-Point Contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night as part of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 18, 2017 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon needed overtime to beat Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving in the 2017 JBL NBA Three-Point Contest on Saturday night.

Kemba Walker, Irving and Gordon each advanced to the finals, and the latter two put up a score of 20 points to force an extra session. 

In the end, it was Gordon who came through with a final score of 21 to earn the win:

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Here are the full results from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans:

Three-Point Contest Results
PlayerTeamRound 1FinalsOT
Eric GordonHouston Rockets252021
Kyrie IrvingCleveland Cavaliers202018
Kemba WalkerCharlotte Hornets1917-
Nick YoungLos Angeles Lakers18--
Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors18--
Wesley MatthewsDallas Mavericks11--
C.J. McCollumPortland Trail Blazers10--
Kyle LowryToronto Raptors9--

There were some major surprises in the first round, with Wesley Matthews, C.J. McCollum and Kyle Lowry all struggling immensely.

Even defending champion Klay Thompson couldn't make it out of the first round after finishing with just 18 points. Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders mocked the performance:

Gordon stole the show early, courtesy of Turner Sports:

Walker struggled in the finals, but Irving and Gordon matched each other with 20 points. Gordon had a chance to win in regulation but went just 1-of-5 on the final rack.

This led to overtime, with the two finalists going one more time through in 60 seconds.

Irving put up a respectable score of 18, but it wasn't enough as Gordon came through with a 21, including making four out of five in his money ball rack.

Many on Twitter were quick to jump on Irving for his recent "Earth is flat" comments:

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated and Michael Lee of The Vertical took a more serious look at the highs and lows of Gordon's career:

This is a memorable moment for a player in the midst of an outstanding season.

            

Postgame Reaction

Rockets teammate James Harden enjoyed the show:

"It's all about gettin' hot," Gordon said after the win, per Turner Sports.

The guard added, "It was just my night to tonight," per John Reid of NOLA.com.

This doesn't seem like a lot of confidence from a player who just beat out some of the top shooters in the NBA, but the award is something no one can take away from him.

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