Curry and Barnes Showcase Skills on All-Star Saturday
Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes put their skills on display on NBA All-Star Saturday night, but unfortunately the duo combined to go 0-for-3 in their respective competitions.
The first contest of the night was the Shooting Stars competition in which a current player, legend and WNBA star teamed up to make shots from a total of four different locations on the floor, capped by a half-court shot. Curry was joined by his father, 16-year NBA veteran Dell Curry, and WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Stars. Team Curry was the first to take the floor in the contest, and the trio did fairly well until it came time for the half-court shot. It took them 16 heaves from half-court before Hammon knocked one down one minute and five seconds after they started their round. Team Curry wound up being five seconds too slow to make the final, and Chris Bosh (Miami), Dominique Wilkins (Legend) and Swin Cash (Chicago Sky) ultimately won the contest for the second year in a row.
The early exit gave Curry a little more time to rest up for the Three-Point Contest, where he was the fourth and final Western Conference player to take the floor. Curry made each of his first three money-balls, was 8-for-10 on the wings and at one point he made five-straight shots. Curry chose the last station to be his money-ball rack, but he failed to take advantage of the extra points, as he made just one of his last five shots. Curry scored a 16 in the round, which was not good enough to advance to the final round. Former Warriors guard Marco Belinelli won the shootout, and he needed an extra round to do so as he took down Washington’s Bradley Beal in the final.
The new-look dunk contest followed, and that’s where the Easter Conference took over. The East won the freestyle round, which gave the three dunkers from each side 90 seconds to complete as many dunks as they could. That was followed by the battle round, where Warriors forward was matched up against Indiana’s Paul George. Barnes missed his first two dunk attempts, but converted a two-handed up-and-over dunk, which was then beat out by George’s between-the-legs 180 slam. The East swept all three battle rounds to win the dunk contest, and Washington’s John Wall was voted the Dunker of the Night.
Utah’s Trey Burke and Oakland native Damian Lillard won the Skills Challenge earlier in the night, so the Western and Eastern Conferences wound up splitting the four events on NBA All-Star Saturday Night. As such, each conference donated $250,000 to charity, with the West contributing to Teach for America and the Wounded Warrior Project and the East donating to the American Heart Association and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Now the attention shifts to the weekend’s main event, the NBA All-Star Game. The action tips off at 5 p.m. (PST) on TNT, and Curry will be the first Warriors player to start the annual showcase since Latrell Sprewell in 1995. For more on the Warriors at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, visit warriors.com/allstar.