Stephen Curry claimed the second 3-Point Contest title of his NBA career on Sunday in Atlanta.
It all came down to the final shot for the Golden State Warriors superstar.
Curry buried a baseline 3-pointer to surpass Mike Conley in total points. He finished with 28 points, while the Utah Jazz player had 27.
Normal 3-point buckets count as one point in the contest, which was held before the NBA All-Star Game tipped off. But the final attempt from four stationary positions around the perimeter are worth two points, known as the “money ball.” In addition, one of the racks contains all money balls.
Stephen Curry, cool under pressure
As the final shooter, Curry closed out the contest with splendid shooting form. Poise paid off for him, as he drained 9 of his last 11 attempts to win by the slimmest of margins.
“I could hear the temperature rise a little bit,” Curry said later, referring to the sparsely populated crowd at State Farm Arena.
He added: “It was some awesome competition. I’m glad I got it done.”
Curry joins a select fraternity
Stephen Curry won his first 3-Point Contest title during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2015.
As a result, he joins a select group with multiple 3-Point Contest titles. The others: Jeff Hornacek, Jason Kapono, Mark Price and Peja Stojakovic with two apiece, and Craig Hodes and Larry Bird with three apiece.
Other contestants in Sunday’s event: Boston Celtics stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Jazz standout Donovan Mitchell, and Chicago Bulls dynamo Zach LaVine. Tatum (25 points), Conley (28) and Curry (31) advanced from the first round to the final round.
Stephen Curry dedicates win to teammate
After the 3-Point Contest, Curry paid tribute to injured Warriors teammate Klay Thompson.
“This one goes out to Klay Thompson,” Curry said. “We got it done big fella.”
Last month, Curry scored a career-high 62 points against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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