Eric Gordon beats Kyrie Irving in 3-Point Contest as Klay Thompson falters
Eric Gordon is a big reason the Houston Rockets have made 420 more 3-pointers than the next closest team, so maybe we should have seen this coming.
On Saturday night in New Orleans, Gordon showed off his long-range accuracy by beating Kyrie Irving in the 2017 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest.
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— NBA (@NBA) February 19, 2017
Gordon and Irving tied in the three-person finals with scores of 20 — despite Gordon entering the final rack with 19 points, needing just two for the win — before the Rockets guard secured the win in overtime.
Every time Irving shot, Twitter jokingly referenced his recent comments about a flat Earth, with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert even getting in on the fun.
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) February 19, 2017
Defending champion Klay Thompson, the prohibitive betting favorite before the competition, didn’t make it out of the first round with a score of 18. Gordon had 25 in that round, Irving had 20, and Kemba Walker had 19.