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Stojakovic's final stand one to remember

12/20/2011

DALLAS -- When Peja Stojakovic joined the Dallas Mavericks in January, it gave them the rare trio of players that ranked among the top eight of NBA all-time 3-point shooters -- No. 3 Jason Kidd, No. 4 Stojakovic and No. 8 Jason Terry.

With Stojakovic announcing his retirement Monday after 13 seasons, he will leave the game having made 1,760 shots from downtown. However, he won't be staying at No. 4 for long. Five players behind Stojakovic and in top 10 are active and three -- No. 5 Chauncey Billups (1,735), No. 7 Rashard Lewis (1,674) and Terry (1,650) could all pass Stojakovic this season.

No. 9 Paul Pierce (1,578) and No. 10 Steve Nash (1,565) will move past Stojakovic if each plays two more seasons.

Kidd (1,795), just 35 made 3s ahead of Stojakovic, is safe for now.

The shortened 66-game schedule could cut it close for Terry. He needs to drain 111 3-pointers to pass Stojakovic. Terry made 127 from long range in 82 games last season. Three time in the past six seasons, Terry has finished with at least 162 bombs in as few as 74 games.

As for two sharpshooters as teammates, May 8, 2011 will live forever on You Tube. That was Game 4 of the stunning sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. Terry buried 9-of-10 from beyond the arc and scored a game-high 32 points, and Stojakovic was a perfect 6-of-6 for 21 points in the 122-86 rout.

That game would prove to be Stojakovic's curtain call of sorts. In the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder and then the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, Stojakovic just couldn't keep up defensively and was a non-factor, making just five 3s in the last nine postseason games he would play.

But, in that monumental Lakers series, Stojakovic came off the bench to bury 11-0f-21 from deep and averaged 12.5 points.

New Mavs forward and former Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom recalled that game and the series, saying, "It was a barrage."

And Stojakovic was a prime gunner.