Posted Feb 17, 2013 2:50 AM
> 2013 Sears Shooting Stars (1st Event)
West gets fastest time in TEAM round (20 points). East wins CHAMPIONSHIP round (10 points).
• EVENT SCORE: EAST: 10 | WEST: 20
HOUSTON -- Last week, when Atlanta played at Dallas, Hawks TV analyst and NBA legend Dominique Wilkins got to talking about this year's dunk contest and his days as the game's dunker supreme.
But then he stopped to make a point. He scored more than 26,000 points in the NBA and not all of them, he said emphatically, came on dunks.
"Now they see what I'm saying," Wilkins said with a big smile after he made two halfcourt shots to lead Team Bosh (East) over Team Westbrook (West) to capture the Sears Shooting Stars Championship.
Of course, who knows how many of his 26,668 points -- good for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list -- came from 47 feet.
Wilkins, representing the legend on Team Bosh, which also included Miami's Chris Bosh and WNBA star Swin Cash beat out Eastern Conference teammates Team Lopez, which included Nets center Brook Lopez, 5-foot-3 legend Muggsy Bogues and WNBA star Tamika Catchings to advance to the championship round. Team Bosh closed the first round in 50 seconds thanks to Wilkins' bomb, while Team Lopez struggled to a time of 1:07.
The Western Conference's Team Westbrook was led by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and included seven-time NBA champ Robert "Big Shot" Horry -- who won two titles with the host Rockets. However, their path to the championship round was paved by the WNBA's Maya Moore. She quickly knocked down the halfcourt shot to end their round in 29.5 seconds, easily the best round of the competition.
They beat out Team Harden, led by Houston's James Harden, Horry's former championship teammate Sam Cassell and former four-time WNBA champ with the old Houston Comets, Tina Thompson. They finished the first round in 37.9 seconds, the second-best round of the event.
The Shooting Stars competition requires the three competitors on each team to hit various shots on the floor in the least amount of time: from the elbow area at the top corner of the key, 3-pointers from the wing and the corner, a baseline jumper and finally a halfcourt heave.
Team Bosh went first in the championship round and it didn't look good, as none of the three could nail the halfcourt shot. Finally, Wilkins did it again and ended the round in a time of 1:29. Not a great time, but, hey, making a halfcourt shot isn't easy. Just ask Wilkins, who said he hasn't played any kind of basketball in more than 10 years.
How long had it been since The Human Highlight Film even just shot around?
"A long time," Wilkins said, stretching out the 'o' in long.
Westbrook nearly won the championship round twice but consecutive halfcourt shots rattled in and out, the first coming 40 seconds into the round. As the clock raced over a minute, Westbrook, Horry and Moore kept misfiring, some shots closer than others. Finally, Horry's attempt as the clock ticked down on 1:29 bounced off the rim and that was it.
The man who delivered the two-handed windmill jam to the NBA, walked away with the Shooting Stars title thanks two a couple of halfcourt heaves.
As the NBA slogan went back in 'Nique's day: Gotta love this game.
-- Jeff Caplan
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The Sears Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and one NBA legend on each team. There are six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time.
Team New York wins Haier Shooting Stars competition
Usually, the Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Saturday Night comes down to the half-court shot. But things were different this year, as Team New York won its first Shooting Stars title with an efficient performance through the first five shots.
And by the way, Allan Houston, who hasn't played an NBA game in over seven years, can still stroke it. Houston hit the half-court shot in both rounds for New York, which recorded the two best times of the competition, 38.7 seconds in the first round and 37.3 in the final.
Atlanta knocks off Texas in sharp-shooting competition
The Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Saturday Night always seems to come down to the half-court shot. And perhaps the real winner this year was the law of averages.
Defending champion Team Texas had the competition's best first-round time, 31.8 seconds, because TNT analyst and former Rocket Kenny Smith hit the team's first half-court shot. But in the final round, Texas didn't hit any of its 18 attempts from half-court before the 1:20 time limit was reached.
That gave Team Atlanta, which had a final-round time of 1:10 while making the half-court shot on its 18th attempt, its first Shooting Stars title in the 10-year history of the competition.
Behind Nowitzki, Team Texas takes home title
Four years later, Dirk Nowitzki finally got his championship on the court at American Airlines Center.
Nowitzki joined Becky Hammon of the WNBA San Antonio Silver Stars and former Houston Rockets star Kenny Smith to lead Team Texas to victory in the Shooting Stars competition on All-Star Saturday Night. The win came four years after his Dallas Mavericks lost the 2006 NBA Finals to the Miami Heat on the same floor.
Detroit team rolls in Phoenix
The team from Phoenix was almost perfect in the eighth annual Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Saturday Night. But almost doesn't count, and Team Detroit came away with its second win in the last three years.
The home team, Phoenix, hit its first five shots and made it to halfcourt in just 14 seconds, but the halfcourt heave was the team's undoing. The three shooters from Phoenix -- Leandro Barbosa, Dan Majerle and Tangela Smith -- needed more than 20 attempts there before Majerle finally sank one. By that time, Team Detroit was celebrating its victory.
Team San Antonio rules
Tim Duncan and David Robinson are no strangers to winning with one another, so, with the help of San Antonio Silver Stars sharpshooter Becky Hammon, it's no wonder they won yet another crown. After an impressive run in the first round, Team San Antonio took care of business in the Shooting Stars challenge in New Orleans against Team Chicago, as Duncan drained a half-court shot to give the Texas threesome a time of 35.8 seconds.
Team Detroit takes over Vegas
Team Detroit won the Shooting Stars challenge in Las Vegas by default as Team Chicago took its shots out of order in the final round. The team of Bill Laimbeer, Chauncey Billups and Swin Cash had the second-best first-round time by finishing the six-shot course in 1:06 and then needed just 50.5 seconds to complete its final-round run.
Chicago had the best first-round time (48.9 seconds), followed by Detroit, defending champion San Antonio (1:32) and Los Angeles (2:00).
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