The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend MTN DEW 3-Point Shooting contest provided the gooey filling in the middle of All-Star Saturday Night. Portland Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and Seth Curry faced off against a packed field, including reigning champion Devin Booker and Seth’s brother, former NBA MVP Steph Curry.
The event started out with a nice surprise as Dell Curry, being interviewed with sons Steph and Seth, entered a preliminary round, soliciting $1000 per made shot for charity. In WWE style, he brought out all-time legends Ray Allen, Mark Price, and Glen Rice to help him. The quartet only managed 9 points, but the reveal was worth it.
Dell also admitted he was rooting for son Seth to take the crown over Steph, as Steph had “already won everything” and Seth needed to get on the board.
First Round Results
Both Lillard and Curry struggled in the initial round. They drifted a bit on their attempts, appearing to feel the distance. Curry’s consistent release helped throughout. Lillard missed repeatedly until, in true Dame style, he came through in crunch time on the final two racks, hitting a buzzer-beater to reach 17 points.
Steph Curry, Warriors—27 (made last 10 and three complete racks)
Buddy Hield, Kings—26
Joe Harris, Nets—25 (hit final 8 in a row)
Devin Booker, Suns—23
Danny Green, Raptors—23
Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers—17
Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks—17
Seth Curry, Trail Blazers—16
Kemba Walker, Hornets—15
Khris Middleton, Bucks—11
Suspense was thick as Hield, who looked remarkable in the initial round, faced off against the ice-veined assassin that was Curry.
Brooklyn’s Joe Harris was up first, trying to play spoiler. He set the bar high with a sterling 26 points, prospering with sideline shots.
Hield could not repeat his first-round excellence, starting slow and pushing shots. He finished with 19.
Then came Curry. His first two racks took a huge eraser to everything that went before. He looked primed not just for a win, but a possible perfect round. After he missed the last shot on the second rack, everything went south. He left himself 16 points going into the final, Money Ball rack...needing all five shots to tie Harris. He hit four.
Joe Harris exited All-Star Saturday Night with the 2019 3-Point Shooting Trophy.
Here are the highlights from the contest’s noteworthy moments.
- Seth’s late-rack heroics nearly got him past the opening round.
- Lillard nearly survived the first round thanks to a set of signature buzzer-beating connections on the last rack.
- Green bumped Lillard from the competition by racking up 23 points in the opening round.
- Curry took home the top score in the first round by torching the nets with his last rack.
- Harris picked up where he left off in the first round, and delivered a 26-point outing in the final round to capture the 2019 trophy.