The folks in Cleveland are more than aware what a powerful talent point guard Kyrie Irving is. With his three-point competition win on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, he proved to a national audience just how special of a ballplayer he really is.
"This weekend was just basically about earning everybody's respect and getting a chance for people to see me who don't usually see me," Irving said. "We're not nationally televised. This weekend is to show my face to the fans and get everybody in the league acclimated to my face."
Irving, who was matched up against San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner in the final round, scored 23 points to edge out Bonner’s 20.
In the first round of competition Irving posted just 18 points but it was enough to advance past fellow Eastern conference competitors Steve Novak of the New York Knicks and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.
Irving has been having quite the memorable weekend scoring 32 points in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, the three-point contest win on Saturday, and his first ever NBA All-Star appearance on Sunday.
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