Nothing but Splash: Stephen Curry Wins 3-Point Contest

Curry Out-Lasts Teammate Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving in Record Setting Performance

Curry Takes Three-Point Title

Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes the Three-Point Contest title at NBA All-Star Saturday Night in Brooklyn.

2015 NBA All-Star Saturday Night

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Curry Takes Three-Point Title

Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes the Three-Point Contest title at NBA All-Star Saturday Night in Brooklyn.
Feb 14, 2015  |  02:11

Foot Locker Three-Point Contest Winner

Stephen Curry drops 27 points in the championship round to give him the Foot Locker Three Point title 2015.
Feb 13, 2015  |  00:00

GameTime: Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry tells Rachel Nichols that winning the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest is an amazing feeling.
Feb 14, 2015  |  00:00

Klay Thompson Round 1

Klay Thompson scores 24 points in the first round of the Foot Locker 3-Point Contest.
Feb 13, 2015  |  00:00

Steph Curry Round 1

Watch Stephen Curry's electric first round performance from the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
Feb 13, 2015  |  00:00

Ladies and gentleman, we have a new Three-Point Contest Champion, and his name is Stephen Curry. Both Splash Brothers made it to the second and deciding round of Saturday night’s shootout, but Curry absolutely owned the finals, thrilling the New York City crowd with an event-record score of 27.

Curry’s dominant second round was made possible by a stretch of 13-straight makes spanning the third through fifth racks. That was the second longest streak of made shots in event history, behind only Craig Hodges' legendary performance in 1991 (19 straight makes). That followed a separate streak of seven straight makes over the first and second racks. His 27 point-output was 10 more than the second-place finisher Kyrie Irving, who led off the final round with a score of 17.

Klay Thompson led all competitors with a score of 24 in the first round to earn a trip to the finals, but he was faced with following Curry’s gargantuan 27 in the finals, and finished with 14 to take home third place in his first ever appearance in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.

Curry’s shootout victory is his first in four career tries, and he had to outlast perhaps the best field in the event’s history. Eight competitors took part in the shootout, including two former champions (Kyrie Irving and Marco Belinelli), this year’s leader in 3-point percentage (Kyle Korver) and a fellow Splash Brother.

In the first round, Curry was the fifth participant up, and his 23 matched Irving for the high up to that point. Curry saved his money rack for last, and he certainly took advantage by hitting four of those five shots. In total, Curry went 15-for-25 in the opening round, and he connected on eight of his nine two-point attempts.

Thompson immediately followed Curry in the first round and bested Curry’s output by one. He knocked down all five shots in the second rack and made all but two of his money balls. The first-time All-Star, however, didn’t have the same success in the finals. After going 4-for-5 on the first rack of the second round, he showed signs of fatigue and Curry’s mark was simply out of reach by the time he entered the fourth rack.

In addition, to winning the 3-point title, Curry also participated in the Degree Shooting Stars earlier in the evening. In that event he teamed up with his father, Dell Curry, and WNBA All-Star Sue Bird for a timed shooting contest. Team Curry finished in 47 seconds, but did not make the finals. Team Bosh, consisting of Heat All-Star forward Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash – took home the Shooting Stars crown for the third straight year. Houston’s Patrick Beverley won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Minnesota rookie Zach LeVine put on a thrilling display in taking home the Slam Dunk Championship.

While Sunday of All-Star Weekend is reserved for solely the East-West team competition, Saturday is all about the individuals. With the Degree Shooting Stars, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk Competition, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night puts the spotlight on the most talented and athletic players in the entire league. Some of the most memorable events in All-Star history have taken place on this annual occasion, and every successive season, the players attempt to set the bar a little bit higher. This year was no different.

As is annual tradition, Saturday started off with the All-Star team “practices”, and as the head coach of the Western Conference, it was up to Steve Kerr to organize and lead his group of Western Conference All-Stars through what amounts to their only time together before the main event on Sunday. While technically a practice, the event was more of a laid-back walkthrough, as the players got some shots up and the coaches devised sets they may or may not use in Sunday’s free-flowing exhibition. Then, at the conclusion of the practice, Saturday’s first individual competition was set to take place: the Degree “Battle of the Game Changers,” featuring the Washington Wizards’ John Wall, and Curry.

The “Battle of the Game Changers” was essentially a shortened game of H-O-R-S-E, with the players alternating taking trick shots of their choice. With the first trick shot, Curry elected to attempt a shot while sitting down. His shot missed, but so did Wall’s, so it was up to Curry to determine what shot would come next. He picked a blindfolded free-throw, but once again, both he and Wall missed, so it would come down to one final shot to break the tie and determine the winner. Defended by Celebrity Game participant Michael Rappaport, Curry missed his crossover three-pointer, but Wall sank his to clinch the victory. At the conclusion of the competition, all the players departed the practice for their interview sessions with the media, where Klay Thompson, Kerr and Curry were all surrounded by reporters. While they’re all used to that kind of spotlight, what came next for Thompson was something less familiar – a fashion show.

Thompson will experience another first on Sunday when he starts alongside Curry in the All-Star Game (5:30 p.m. on TNT).


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