Stephen Curry was the better Splash Brother on Saturday night.Curry defeated his Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving in the final round of the Three-Point Contest with a record score of 27.
The guard Curry hit 13 shots in a row at one point in the final round,including 4-of-5 on his “Money Ball” rack, his final one from the right corner.
Craig Hodges and Jason Kapono held the previous record of 25, but neither had a “Money Ball” rack in their respective showings in the contest.Irving, the 2013 Three-Point Shootout winner, posted a score of 17 and Thompson 14 in the final round.Thompson led with 24 after the first round, while Curry and Irving each tallied 23.
Portland’s Wesley Matthews was fourth with 22, Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, the Los Angeles Clippers’ J.J. Redick and defending champion and San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli tied for fifth with 18 apiece. Houston’s James Harden finished last with 15.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine defeated the Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo in the final round of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest to conclude All-Star Saturday Night.LaVine converted a pair of between-the-legs slams on his two championship round attempts to earn 94 points.He topped Oladipo in a landslide after Oladipo failed to complete a between-the-legs dunk over teammate Elfrid Payton on his first try. He was unable to complete the flush in his three attempts.
Oladipo, who brought the Brooklyn crowd to their feet in the first round with a right baseline 360 and two-handed reverse finish, accumulated 82 points in the finals.
Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee finished third with 76 points and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was last with 65 points.
Forr the third straight year, the NBA Shooting Stars Competition came down to Team Bosh. The trio of Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash made it three wins in a row. Wilkins gave Team Bosh the win by draining the halfcourt.
During the first round, it looked like Team Westbrook (featuring Russell Westbrook, Penny Hardaway and Tamika Catchings) would be a strong challenger. Hardaway nailed the halfcourt shot on his first attempt, giving Team Westbrook a strong debut and a ticket to the final. Team Bosh joined them in the finals when Bosh drained the halfcourt shot with ease.
The final proved to be a much bigger challenge as Team Westbrook was unable to connect on the halfcourt shot before the 1:30 time limit expired. That gave the reigning champs plenty of leeway, and while the halfcourt shot proved to be more difficult the second time around Wilkins was eventually able to connect to make it three in a row for Team Bosh.
Patrick Beverley is the 2015 NBA Skills Challenge champion, coming from behind to beat Brandon Knight in the final round.
This year featured a new head-to-head tournament format with three sets of two players competing against each other. Beverley and Isaiah Thomas led the event off and each seemed to struggle a bit with the new format, particularly the jump shot — which now ends the competition instead of being put in the middle. Both missed their entire rack of three-pointers and Beverley advanced by making a layup first.
Controversy will surely rage long into the night questioning whether Jeff Teague took his semifinal matchup against Beverley as seriously as he could. Beverley struggled with the chest pass and gave Teague a huge cushion, and it appeared Teague saw that and slowed down a bit. After Teague missed two shots, Beverley caught up and buried his first three-pointer.
Beverley was bogged down again with the chest pass in the final round, but after Knight missed a couple shots, Beverley caught up and swished the first one he took to take the crown.