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Shooting Stars grades

Updated: February 16, 2014, 10:19 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN.com

All-Star Grades: TEAM HILL | TEAM WEBBER | 3-POINT | SKILLS | DUNK | SHOOTING

B+
Team Bosh
Chris Bosh, Karl Malone, Swin Cash
First place
ANALYSIS


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.

B+
Team Durant
Kevin Durant, Karl Malone, Skylar Diggins
Second place
ANALYSIS


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.

B
Team Curry
Stephen Curry, Dell Curry, Becky Hammon
Third place
ANALYSIS


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.

B
Team Hardaway
Tim Hardaway Jr., Tim Hardaway Sr., Elena Delle Donne
Fourth place
ANALYSIS


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.

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