A shot counted, but Stephen Curry, the guardian of the Warriors, won the 3-point NBA All-Star Weekend competition on Sunday night at the State Farm Arena.
Curry made the final « money ball » shot from the corner to beat Utah Jazz Guard Mike Conley and win the 3-point contest for the second time in his career. Curry, who last won the event in 2015, was the seventh player to win the event multiple times.
On the second and final round, Curry made 4 out of 10 from the corner, 8 out of 10 out of the wing, 3 out of 5 out of the top of the key, and both 30 feet to win the 3 point contest. In the first round, he got an event high of 31.
The event also attended Zach LaVine from Chicago, Donovan Mitchell from Utah, and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum from Boston. Conley, who finished second, put in an impressive performance, scoring 27 points ahead of Curry in the second round.
That put pressure on Curry, the championship leader this season with 3 hands. As he neared his « money ball » rack on the right wing, Curry followed Conley’s pace, but made all four of his shots for extra points, then the last shot from the corner to give him the win.
« (My mind) kind of went blank, » said Curry as he took the final clutch shot. “Whatever is in here, I could hear the temperature rise a little and just knew I had to knock it down. It was a fun fight. »
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The crowd Curry was referring to was fake human noise pumped in on this discounted all-star weekend. Instead of holding the 3-Point Contest and other skill events on a different night than the All-Star Game, the NBA has thickened the storefront. The 3-point competition and the skill competition were held before the all-star game, and the dunk competition was held at halftime.
As Curry walked off the pitch, he shared with the Warriors’ social media team that his win was dedicated to Klay Thompson, his teammate who drops out with an Achilles tear for the season and won the 3-point 2016 Competition won. That was the last time any of the Splash Bros. won the event.
« This one is going to Klay Thompson, » said Curry. « We did it, big guy. »
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