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Eric Gordon beats Kyrie Irving in 3-Point Contest as Klay Thompson falters

Eric Gordon is a big reason the Houston Rockets have made 420 more 3-pointers than the next closest team, so maybe we should have seen this coming.

On Saturday night in New Orleans, Gordon showed off his long-range accuracy by beating Kyrie Irving in the 2017 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest.

ERIC GORDON IS YOUR #JBL3PT CHAMPION!#StateFarmSaturday #Rockets50 pic.twitter.com/zqsG2OP8zl

— NBA (@NBA) February 19, 2017

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Gordon and Irving tied in the three-person finals with scores of 20 -- despite Gordon entering the final rack with 19 points, needing just two for the win -- before the Rockets guard secured the win in overtime.

Every time Irving shot, Twitter jokingly referenced his recent comments about a flat Earth, with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert even getting in on the fun.

Congrats @KyrieIrving making final round of 3PT Contest. Earth flat but basketball is round here in NOLA. Let's get it FOR CLE. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/PVkKq3KeeR

— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) February 19, 2017

Defending champion Klay Thompson, the prohibitive betting favorite before the competition, didn't make it out of the first round with a score of 18. Gordon had 25 in that round, Irving had 20, and Kemba Walker had 19.