All-Star grades: Three-point contest
Belinelli made the finals -- and the tiebreaker -- despite slow starts to each of his first two rounds. In the tiebreaker, we found out what would happen if Belinelli got off to a good start. His round of 24 was the best of the night and enough to make him the victor. Bellissimo.
Beal shot well enough to walk away with the hardware. His problem was strategy with the new money rack. Beal put it on the left wing, his second rack, and made a combined 5-of-10 shots there in the first two rounds. Good enough, but Beal was a combined 9-of-10 from the far corner, including making his last six shots to create a tie in the final. He couldn't repeat that magic in the tiebreaker, settling for second place.
A solid performance for Lillard in the second of his three competitions of the evening. He made three of his five shots from the money rack and was one make away from advancing to the finals.
Consider Love a victim of the new money rack added to this year's competition. He went just 1-for-5 on his money rack, from the left wing. Had he put it at the top of the arc (4-5), Love could have reached the finals even though he ran out of time before his final shot.
The defending champ was the only player not to finish his money rack in the far corner, leaving his last shot on the table. Even with it, Irving wasn't going to beat Beal.
We expected more from the NBA's best shooter. Curry put his money rack in the far corner, and with plenty of time left on the clock, he slowed down too much and lost his rhythm to finish with a 16.
For whatever reason, Afflalo just couldn't find the touch until hitting four of five attempts on his final rack. Since those were doubled, he ended up with a semi-respectable score of 15.
Johnson put together the slowest round since Sam Perkins scored an 8 in 1997, leaving his final four shots on the table. Johnson's clutch ability can't come into play if he never even attempts those shots. Add in a 1-of-5 performance on his money rack and Johnson had the night's worst score.
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