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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott wanted to give his second-year guard advice for Saturday’s 3-Point Contest.

Kyrie Irving didn’t want to hear any of it.

Scott’s best finish in the event, after all, was third place in 1988. Why would Irving want to listen? Irving wanted to win, not finish third.

After Irving’s 3-point competition victory at Toyota Center, Scott won’t want to hear any of it.

“I can give myself my own advice now,” Irving said with a grin.

Irving caught fire in the championship round, beating San Antonio’s Matt Bonner 23-20. Irving made nine of his first 10 shots and 17 of his first 18, coming up two points shy of the event’s record for one round.

“I just wanted to go out and prove a point that I was one of the premiere shooters,” Irving said. “I started off pretty hot. I got pretty tired when I came to the last rack.”

Irving earned Cleveland’s first win in the 3-point competition since 1994, when Mark Price won his second straight.

In the event, the players took shots from five stations beyond the 3-point line. There were four one-point shots and one two-point shot at each station.

The win continued Irving’s amazing success in his first two seasons on All-Star Weekend. Last year, he was the MVP in the Rising Star’s Game — which is made up of first- and second-year players.

Friday, he scored 32 points in Team Shaq’s 163-135 loss to Team Chuck in the Rising Stars Challenge.

“Add it to the résumé,” Irving said of the title.

Irving scored 18 in the Eastern Conference first half of the competition, edging New York’s Steve Novak (17) and Indiana’s Paul George (10).

Bonner scored 19 points to edge New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson (18) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (17) in the Western Conference half of the first round.

In the first round, Irving made eight of his last 10 shots. That was nothing compared to his championship-round start.

Bonner’s final-round score of 20 was the second best of the night.

“It was fun to see,” Curry said of the championship matchup. “You like to see a high-scoring second round. For two guys to be in the 20s, that’s all a 3-point competition can ask for.”

Irving will play in Sunday’s All-Star Game, putting himself and the Cavaliers in the spotlight.

“We’re not nationally televised,” Irving said. “This weekend is to show my face to the fans and get everybody acclimated to my face in the league.”

The Cavaliers are 16-37 with no chance of competing for a playoff spot. But they do have a star. Irving is averaging 23.5 points (sixth best in the NBA) and 5.5 assists.

The success surprises him, even though he was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft out of Duke.

“Sometimes (it does),” he said. “I just realize when I’m alone and I’m watching ‘SportsCenter.’

“It’s a surreal moment.”

via Blog.Chron

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