Former Hoosier Eric Gordon represented Indiana well Saturday night at the NBA All-Star festivities, winning the 3-point shooting contest in a tiebreaker over Kyrie Irving.
Gordon got off to a hot start, leading all players with 25 points in the first round and easily advancing to the final.
— NBA (@NBA) February 19, 2017
He shot last in the final, knowing he needed to beat Irving’s 20 to win the title. After shooting lights out over the first four racks, he made only one shot on the final rack, tying Irving’s mark.
But Gordon redeemed himself in the tiebreaker, getting 21 points, compared to 18 for Irving. Here’s his entire final round:
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 19, 2017
Gordon, who was Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana in high school, played one season for the Hoosiers, in 2007-08, averaging 20.9 points a game before declaring for the NBA Draft.
After being selected No. 7 overall in the NBA Draft, he spent three seasons with the Clippers and five with the Hornets/Pelicans before signing with the Rockets last offseason.
This year, Gordon is averaging 17.2 points per game and is a favorite for Sixth Man of the Year.