Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving beat San Antonio’s Matt Bonner to win the 3-point contest during All-Star Saturday night.
Irving, the former Duke standout who will play in his first All-Star game on Sunday, started 7 for 7 in the final round and finished with 23 points – two shy of the record shared by Craig Hodges and Jason Kapono. Bonner finished with 20 points in the final round.
Players had one minute to take 25 3-point shots from five positions around the arc. Bonner had the highest score of the six players in the first round (19). Irving, who also played in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, had 18 points in the first round.
Ross beats Evans in dunk contest
Toronto rookie Terrence Ross beat defending champion Jeremy Evans to win the slam-dunk contest.
The 6-foot-6 Ross jumped over a ball boy, whipped the ball between his legs and threw down a one-handed slam to clinch the victory. Earlier, Ross donned a Vince Carter jersey, took a lob from high-school teammate Terrence Jones off the edge of the backboard, spun in the air, and then slammed home another one-hander.
Evans jumped over a painted portrait of himself and hurdled Dallas Mavericks forward Dahntay Jones for a dunk in his final round.
Ross earned 58 percent of the fan vote in the championship round. The first round was judged by former Houston Rockets Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Rudy Tomjanovich and Yao Ming.
Rookie claims Skills Competition
Portland rookie Damian Lillard beat Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday in the final round to win the Skills Competition.
The competition involves players navigating a dribbling circuit, taking a 3-point shot, hitting targets with passes and driving for a layup. Lillard swished his first 3-point attempt in his winning run and finished the obstacle course in 29.8 seconds. Holiday’s time was 35.6 seconds.
Houston point guard Jeremy Lin and defending champion Tony Parker also were in the field, but didn’t come close to qualifying for the championship round.
Earlier, a team of Chris Bosh, Swin Cash and Dominique Wilkins won the Shooting Stars competition, beating the trio of Russell Westbrook, Maya Moore and Robert Horry.
Kings dominate Stern’s
last All-Star briefing
No new details on Sacramento against Seattle, though the next All-Star decision might be New York versus New York.
NBA Commissioner David Stern fielded numerous questions but provided little news about the future of the Sacramento Kings during his last All-Star weekend press conference.
A Seattle group has reached an agreement to buy the team from the Maloof family with the goal of moving it to the Northwest, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is trying to keep the Kings in California’s capital.
Stern said owners will continue to discuss the plans and will hear from Mayor Kevin Johnson with the goal of deciding at their April board meeting. Without saying how, Stern said Sacramento has a chance of beating out what he has said is a strong bid from the Seattle group.
Stern plans to retire on Feb. 1, 2014, on what would be the 30th anniversary of his appointment to the job.