Shooting Stars grades
The winners did a great job of illustrating the problems with the Shooting Stars format. Nobody missed more real shots -- Chris Bosh needed nine attempts to make two 3-pointers away from his favored corner, and Dominique Wilkins had the toughest time with the banker of any legend. That didn't matter because Bosh was so good from half court, giving his team the two best times and the hardware.
After Karl Malone shook off some early rust, Team Durant was 3-for-3 on the early shots during the final round. Alas, Skylar Diggins' half-court make didn't come in time to win.
The pre-competition favorites were solid through their opening shots -- though Stephen Curry missed a 3 -- before struggling so much from half court that they were narrowly eliminated by Team Durant.
The hard-luck team of the competition, the Hardaways and WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne were perfect on the early shots but could not make a half-court shot to save their Shooting Stars lives despite several narrow misses from Delle Donne.