Posted Feb 16, 2014 12:16 AM
> Winner -- Team West: Marco Belinelli (San Antonio), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Damian Lillard (Portland) and Kevin Love (Minn.)
> Marco Belinelli defeated Bradley Beal in Championship Round Tiebreaker with 24 points. Both shooters tied with 19 in Championship Round.
> Team West's win resulted in a $100,000 donation for the Teach for America & Wounded Warrior Project
NEW ORLEANS -- Numbers never lie.
Marco Belinelli -- who ranks second in the league at 44.8 percent -- and Bradley Beal -- who ranks sixth at 43.0 percent -- were the two best 3-point shooters in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. And it was Belinelli defeating Beal in the final of the 28th edition of the competition.
Beal forced an extra minute of shooting by hitting his final six shots of what was supposed to be final round to tie Belinelli's score of 19. But Belinelli caught fire in the extra round, hitting 13 of 15 shots in one stretch and finishing with a score of 24. Beal couldn't match that, scoring 18.
"In the end, I was focused," Belinelli said. "I really cared about this trophy. I think it was important for me to win, to be a part of this All-Star Weekend."
Belinelli took advantage of the competition's new rule, which allowed players to designate a money-ball rack, where each shot was worth two points. He was one of only four competitors who chose one of the corners as his money-ball rack and shot 3-for-5 from the right corner (his spot) in each of his three rounds. Beal's money-ball spot was the left wing, where he went 8-for-15.
"I think it was more smart to put the money ball in the corner," Belinelli said, "so you know how many points [you need]."
The only player to hit more than three balls in any money-ball rack was Arron Afflalo, who went 4-for-5 from the left corner. But Afflalo shot just 7-for-20 (0-for-4 on money balls) through his first four racks, failing to get out of the first round.
Afflalo was one of three East players eliminated by Beal's first-round score of 21. The Wizards' sophomore also knocked out All-Stars Joe Johnson (who didn't even come close to finishing his final rack), and Kyrie Irving (the defending champ, who got off to a slow start).
Belinelli eliminated West All-Stars Kevin Love (who made just one of his left-wing money balls), Damian Lillard (who shot 3-for-8 on his money balls) and Stephen Curry (who went 1-for-5 from the top of the key).
- John Schuhmann, NBA.com
> Arron Afflalo, Orlando
> Bradley Beal, Washington
> Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
> Joe Johnson, Brooklyn
> Marco Belinelli, San Antonio
> Stephen Curry, Golden State
> Damian Lillard, Portland
> Kevin Love, Minnesota
NBA All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves headline the field of participants for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (#FootLockerThree) taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, who will also be participating in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars challenge, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic complete the field.
The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities.
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 2014 commemorative "money ball" worth two points at each location. New to this year's contest, each player will also be able to switch one of the five shooting locations to a full rack of five "money balls," each of which will be worth two points. More >>
Irving Wins Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
Cleveland Kyrie Irving defeated San Antonio's Matt Bonner in the second and final round to win the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
In the final round, Irving earned 23 points to walk away with the title.
Love outduels Durant to win Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
Kevin Love survived two tiebreakers to claim the 2012 Three-Point Contest title. To do it, he beat the hometown favorite, Ryan Anderson; former three-point contest winner James Jones; Anthony Morrow, who wore a jersey honoring the late Drazen Petrovic; and then out-pointed Kevin Durant, a top-three NBA scorer.
And he did this while bringing the lowest three-point percentage of all the contestants, which meant nothing on this night.
Heat's Jones outlasts duo of Celtics to win 3-Point Contest
Often overshadowed by his superstar Heat teammates, James Jones was the center of attention on All-Star Saturday night as he beat a pair of Celtics in the final round to win the 2011 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
For one night, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were mere courtside spectators, standing around and watching the Heat's fourth (fifth?) option in a shootout against two players standing in Miami's way of a conference championship.
Jones' 20 point total in the final round gave him the title over Paul Pierce's 18 and Ray Allen's 15.
Pierce redeems himself to claim Foot Locker Three-Point title
Getting redemption the only place possible for the moment, Paul Pierce of the Celtics atoned for a bad showing his last time in the competition by winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during the 2010 All-Star Weekend in Dallas.
After posting 17 points in the first round, Pierce out-dueled Stephen Curry of the Warriors and Chauncey Billups of the Nuggets in the final round.
Heat's cook ends Kapono's reign
Miami's Daequan Cook ended Jason Kapono's two-year reign as the NBA's best exhibition sharpshooter, besting Orlando's Rashard Lewis in overtime in Phoenix.
Kapono repeats with dominating Three-Point performance
Jason Kapono kept his Contest title and dominated the 2008 field. Kapono notched 25 points in the final round in New Orleans, tying the all-time record set in 1986 by Mark Price. He set a new mark for most points in a final round of the Contest, flipping in 20-of-25 shot attempts (including 10 in a row from the third ball of the first rack to the second ball of the third rack) for a total of 25 points.
Kapono ties final-round record
Jason Kapono tied Mark Price's final-round record with 24 points and outlasted Gilbert Arenas on his way to the 2007 Contest title in Las Vegas. Arenas notched a first-round high of 23 points and had 17 in the finals.
2013 -- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2012 -- Kevin Love, Minnesota
2011 -- James Jones, Miami
2010 -- Paul Pierce, Boston
2009 -- Daequan Cook, Miami
2008 -- Jason Kapono, Toronto
2007 -- Jason Kapono, Miami Heat
2006 -- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2005 -- Quentin Richardson, Phoenix
2004 -- Voshon Lenard, Denver
2003 -- Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2002 -- Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2001 -- Ray Allen, Milwaukee
2000 -- Jeff Hornacek, Utah
1998 -- Jeff Hornacek, Utah
1997 -- Steve Kerr, Chicago
1996 -- Tim Legler, Washington
1995 -- Glen Rice, Miami
1994 -- Mark Price, Cleveland
1993 -- Mark Price, Cleveland
1992 -- Craig Hodges, Chicago
1991 -- Craig Hodges, Chicago
1990 -- Craig Hodges, Chicago
1989 -- Dale Ellis, Seattle
1988 -- Larry Bird, Boston
1987 -- Larry Bird, Boston
1986 -- Larry Bird, Boston
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