HOUSTON, Feb. 18 --
Dirk won it with his legs.
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Perfect form doesn't do you any good if you don't have any legs.
Ray Allen has the sweetest shot in the world, as could be seen in his first-round performance of the 2006 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, when he scored 19 points, the highest score of the night.
But in the final round, he didn't have the legs. He was solid through three racks (10 points), but the fourth rack did him in, as he missed all five shots -- all flat and short -- from the left wing. That kept him from having a shot to even tie as he moved to the last rack. Tonight was not his night to become a two-time Three-Point Shootout winner.
Dirk Nowitzki, on the other hand, got stronger as his night went on.
"In the first round, I never really got comfortable out there," Nowitzki said, "[I] missed a lot of shots and never really got my rhythm. In the second round, I started off a lot better."
In that final round, Nowitzki also eliminated Gilbert Arenas, who for some reason, decided to start out in front of the players bench instead of opposite it, as all the other players did. He improved on his first round score of 14, bettering it by two, but in the finals, you really need to catch fire at some point during the round, and that didn't happen for Arenas.
It did for Dirk though, as he hit eight of his first 10 shots. He didn't think his 18 total points would stand up though.
"You have to sit there and watch Ray Allen, one of the best shooters in our game and you can't do anything about it."
He didn't have to though, and Nowitzki became the tallest Three-Point Shootout champion ever, surpassing Peja Stojakovic, the last repeat winner.
Quentin Richardson had a shot to repeat this year, but he couldn’t make it out of the first round, just like all the defending champions of All-Star Saturday Night. Richardson barely left the ground with his shot and although he looked good through four racks, he came up empty in the fifth, finishing with just 12 points.