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February 16. 2013 10:55PM

Cavs' Irving edges Bonner in 3-point contest


San Antonio Spurs forward/center Matt Bonner (15) shoots during the 2013 NBA All-Star three-point contest at the Toyota Center. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Concord's Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs made it to the final round of the NBA 3-point contest in Houston Saturday night, but came up short to Cleveland's Kyrie Irving by a score of 23-20.

Irving went first in the final round and was hot throughout, leaving Bonner needing a big effort to earn the win. Bonner got off to a slow start, missing his first two shots but coming on strong later to make it close.

Bonner scored 19 points in the first round to secure his spot in the finals.

In the first round, Bonner started on the left wing and got off to a hot start, hitting his first five shots from that spot.

Prior to the contest, Bonner was featured in an interview with NBA analyst (and former Boston Celtics member) Rick Fox. The interview featured a shot of the Red River Theatre in Concord where a viewing party was taking place.

Fox also presented Bonner with a t-shirt emblazoned with a snake on it, re-dubbing the Red Rocket as the "Red Mamba" as Kobe Bryant called him.

Bonner got into the 3-point contest thanks in large part to a social media campaign led by his brother Luke to "Let Matt Shoot."


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