ATLANTA, Feb. 8 (Ticker) --
In winning his second straight Shootout, Peja Stojakovic
gave a whole new meaning to second-chance points.
Peja Stojakovic averaged 20.3 points for the three rounds.
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Given a replacement round due to a clock malfunction, Stojakovic retained his unofficial title as the NBA's best shooter,
defeating Wesley Person
in the 1 800 CALL ATT Shootout at All-Star Weekend on Saturday night.
For the second consecutive year, the All-Star forward of the Sacramento Kings was pushed to overtime by Person, the shooting
guard of the Memphis Grizzlies. He won again, but this time with a quirky twist.
Both players scored 20 in the final round to eliminate Seattle's Brent Barry and force an overtime session. Stojakovic was tabbed to go first and was cruising along when the buzzer mistakenly sounded just 24 seconds into the one-minute round, a rule change from last year.
"I know that they changed the rules from last year," he said. "The buzzer, that threw me off. The third rack and the fourth
rack (of balls), you find your rhythm."
Unnerved by the buzzer, Stojakovic began missing repeatedly. With the background music silent, the Philips Arena crowd began
booing and Stojakovic finished with just 13 points, his lowest total in three years of competing in this event.
Stojakovic was awarded a rest period and a second opportunity and made the most of it. After Person posted a 16, the
Yugoslavian sharpshooter rediscovered his stroke and tallied a 22 - the best round of his career.
"I'm glad they realized that," Stojakovic said. "I got a chance to go again. They did the right thing."
Stojakovic posted the fourth-best score in Shootout history and was three shy of Craig Hodges' 1986 record. He became the
fifth player to repeat as champion, joining Larry Bird, Hodges, Mark Price and Jeff Hornacek.
"I felt more confident this year," Stojakovic said. "I knew what to expect. It wasn't too much pressure."
Person, who leads the NBA in three-point shooting, was runner-up for the second straight year.
"I can't get away from that guy," he said.
Barry, who was trying to become the first player to win the Slam Dunk Contest and Shootout events, matched Stojakovic with a 19 in the first round but managed just a 17 in the final round.
Eliminated in the first round were Orlando's Pat Garrity (13), New Orleans' David Wesley (12) and Boston's Antoine Walker (7), who leads the NBA in three-pointers made.
The following are the results from Saturday's 1 800 CALL ATT Shootout:
Top three advance
Brent Barry, Seattle, 19 points
Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento, 19 points
Wesley Person, Memphis, 14 points
Pat Garrity, Orlando, 13 points
David Wesley, New Orleans, 12 points
Antoine Walker, Boston, 7 points
Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento, 20 points
Wesley Person, Memphis, 20 points
Brent Barry, Seattle, 17 points
x- Stojakovic defeats Person in playoff, 22-16
2003: Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2002: Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2001: Ray Allen, Milwaukee Bucks
2000: Jeff Hornacek, Utah Jazz
1998: Jeff Hornacek, Utah Jazz
1997: Steve Kerr, Chicago Bulls
1996: Tim Legler, Washington Bullets
1995: Glen Rice, Miami Heat
1994: Mark Price, Cleveland Cavaliers
1993: Mark Price, Cleveland Cavaliers
1992: Craig Hodges, Chicago Bulls
1991: Craig Hodges, Chicago Bulls
1990: Craig Hodges, Chicago Bulls
1989: Dale Ellis, Seattle SuperSonics
1988: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
1987: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
1986: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics