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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Paul Pierce wins 3-point contest

Associated Press

Boston's Paul Pierce arrived for All-Star weekend wanting to make up for an embarrassing performance.

Consider it done.

Pierce won the 3-Point Shootout, proving his lackluster performance the last time he was in the competition was an aberration.

"I worked on it, I really took pride in it. In '02 I stunk it up. I wanted to come in here and put on a show," Pierce said. "I had to work on getting the technique down and knowing what side to pull the ball from, stuff like that. I knew if I got hot I could win it."

Pierce had 20 points in the final round, making all five of the 2-point money balls, to beat Golden State's Stephen Curry (17) and Denver's Chauncey Billups (14).

When Pierce last competed in the Shootout in 2002, he scored only eight points -- what he called leading into this week's competition "almost a record low."