Posted Feb 8, 2013 9:18 AM
NEW YORK -- First-time All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers headline the field for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Toyota Center in Houston as part of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Rounding out the field are Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Steve Novak of the New York Knicks.
2013 Eastern Conference Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Participants
2013 Western Conference Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Participants
Anderson is the lone returning three-point marksman from last year's event, won by the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love in a tiebreaker round over the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant. Love is currently on the injured list, recovering from a broken hand sustained on Jan. 3, and is unable to defend his title.
For the first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of competition that will raise money for charity. As part of the new format, points earned by each conference throughout the four All-Star Skills Competitions will determine the conference that earns the title of 2013 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Champion.
Three players representing the Western Conference and three players representing the Eastern Conference will compete in the two-round competition. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the Team Round will advance to the Championship Round. (Complete rules for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night attached).
Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2013 commemorative "money ball" worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The competitor with the lower individual score from the Team Round will go first in the Championship Round.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will also feature the Taco Bell Skills Challenge; the Sears Shooting Stars; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 17, will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in 215 countries and will be broadcast in 47 languages.
Foot Locker, the title partner of the Three-Point Contest since 2004, is part of Foot Locker, Inc. a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,370 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and CCS retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channels, including footlocker.com, Eastbay, and CCS.com, the Company is a leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.
Three players representing the Western Conference and three players representing the Eastern Conference will compete in the two-round competition.
• Five shooting stations are positioned around the three-point arc with each rack containing four orange and one multi-color "money" ball.
• The orange balls are worth one point. The multi-colored "money" ball is worth two points.
• From each rack, the multi-colored "money" ball can only be shot after the four orange balls are shot.
• Players may not start on or over the three-point line while shooting. A basket does not count if the line is violated.
• INSTANT REPLAY -- At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.
• Each competitor has one minute (1:00) to shoot as many of the 25 balls as he can.
• The three Western Conference players will compete first, followed by the three East players.
• The West competitors will have their scores added together to get a TOTAL score.
• The East competitors will have their scores added together to get a TOTAL score.
• 40 POINTS will be awarded to the conference with the highest TOTAL score after the Team round.
• The West competitor with the highest score advances to the Championship Round.
• The East competitor with the highest score advances to the Championship Round.
• The highest scoring West competitor and highest scoring East competitor from the Team Round will compete head-to-head to determine the competition champion.
• The competitor with the lower individual score from the Team Round will go first in the Championship Round.
• 10 POINTS will be awarded to the conference of the competition champion.
• TEAM ROUND -- In the event both conferences achieve the same TOTAL score, the 40 points for the Team Round will be split evenly (20 points awarded to each conference).
• To Advance from Team Round -- In the event of a tie amongst conference players to determine the Championship Round participant, a 24-second tiebreaker will take place. If necessary, this process will be repeated until the tie is broken.
• To Determine Champion -- In the event of a tie to determine the Champion, a full 60-second tiebreaker will take place. If necessary, this process will be repeated until the tie is broken.
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