Warriors’ Curry wins NBA All-Star 3-point contest
LOsANGELES – Golden State Warriors pointy shooter Stephen Curry won the 3-point contest on Sunday, edging Utah’s Mike Conley in the final round of the NBA All-Star Game’s curtain-raiser in Atlanta, Ga.
Curry, one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen and the league leader in 3 points during the first half of this season, was the favorite ahead of the competition, which sees players shooting from multiple stations. around the three-point arc. with two balls from a few yards further back this is worth extra points.
Curry scored 31 points in the first round, along with Conley and Jayson Tatum of Boston.
But it was tight in the final round with Curry the last contender missing his first four shots before securing the victory only after reversing his last attempt from the right corner to total 28 points – one more than the 27 Conley had. put in place. .
“I knew I had to take it down,” Curry said. “It was a fun battle. I’m glad I did.
Despite his long-term dominance in the game, Curry had only won the three-point contest once before, in 2015.
The event is typically played on the Saturday night of the All-Star weekend, as the league divides up the festivities surrounding its midseason show.
But due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, All-Star activities have been limited to a single day, with the three-point contest and the Skill Challenge serving as a curtain raiser for the game itself.
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis won the Skills Challenge, edging out Orlando Magic big man Nikola Vucevic in the final round of the sprint competition which tests dribbling, passing and a variety of shooting skills .
Sabonis sent Julius Randle of the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic to reach the final.
Vucevic had bounced off veteran Chris Paul in the second round.
It was a sweet victory for Sabonis, who was the event’s finalist in 2020 behind Miami’s Bam Adebayo.
“It was fun,” said Sabonis, accepting his trophy on the court. “I wanted to make sure I win this time.”
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