The 2015 Foot Locker Three Point Contest featured a Portland Trail Blazer for the second year in a row, with Wesley Matthews following up Damian Lillard's 2014 showing.
Matthews was picked to shoot first, kicking off the field of 8 players, listed here in order: Matthews, JJ Redick of the L.A. Clippers; James Harden, Houston Rockets; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers; Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors; Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors; Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks; and last year's winner, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs.
The format was as follows: all 8 players would have 60 seconds to score as many threes as possible. Each player would have 5 racks with 5 basketballs each. Of those 5 racks, 4 of them would have 4 regular balls worth a point apiece, and one "moneyball" worth 2 points.
This year each player got to decide at which position on the floor to place a special 5th rack, containing 5 moneyballs.
After all 8 players shot, the Top 3 would advance to a final round where the championship would be decided.
With a creepy, automaton voice counting down from "5" and the TNT announcers audible from the court, Wesley Matthews started from the right corner, his moneyball rack sitting at the left elbow.
Matthews started by hitting just 2 in his first rack, but luckily one of them was the moneyball. On the next two racks, he hit 3 with the moneyball, then 2 with no moneyball. This brought him to his moneyball rack, where hit 4. As a capper, Matthews hit 4 with the moneyball, piling up 22 points total. 8 of his final 9 shots fell, lifting him to that total.
Next was JJ Redick, starting on the left corner. He struggled on his 2nd and 4th racks, including a few where he stepped on the line. He hit a few on his right corner moneyball rack, and finished with an underwhelming 17 points.
James Harden put up a limp performance, ending with just 15 points. Blazers fans around the globe found a slow smirk crawling across their faces.
2013 winner Kyrie Irving started on the right corner, shooting consistently and hitting 4 from his moneyball rack on the left corner to get 23 points, just edging Matthews.
The ever-dangerous Steph Curry started on the left, his moneyball rack on the right, and was just a good, also earning 23 points.
Curry's teammate Klay Thompson started on the opposite corner, working his way around to his moneyball rack where his final shot earned his 24th point, knocking Wesley Matthews from the competition.
The NBA's best three-point shooter Kyle Korver began on the right corner working his way left to his moneyball rack at the top. Despite hitting 4 of his 5 from the moneyball rack, he managed just 18 points.
Finally, last year's champion Marco Belineli went right-to-left, hitting 3 from his moneyball rack but also managing just 18 points.
Irving, Curry, and Thompson earned their way to the final round. 23 points proved the threshold. Matthews fell just shot in 4th place with 22.
Ivring kicked off the finals, starting on the right corner, working his way to the moneyball rack on the left corner. Unfortunately, he left an entire rack blank, and filled up just 17 points. The way the rest of the competition had been going, there wasn't much hope that 17 would be a winning score.
Steph Curry proved that right away, starting on the left and moving right, getting 3, then 4, then 4 again, then all 5, driving home the coup de grace with 4 moneyballs. When the dust settled, Curry had made 13 in a row, pumping in 27 points and giving his teammate Klay Thompson a lot to think about.
Klay started on the right with his moneyball rack on the left,. After he started out hitting 4, his evening went downhill fast. Miss after miss yielded just 14 points, sealing the win for Steph Curry.
While Curry may have been the winner, Matthews had the unenviable task of taking the crowd from dead cold to fully engaged. Considering he's not a superstar of Curry's or Thompson's ilk, he did that well. There were no #Bow3Arrow celebrations, but at least Matthews performed light years better than James Harden. For Blazers fans, that's worth just about as much as a victory.