On his fourth appearance in the NBA's Three-Point contest, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry finally took his rightful place as champion with a record-setting performance in the championship round.
Curry's 27 of the possible 34 points in the final round is the most points ever scored in the contest (although there will always be an asterisk next to that as this was the first year with a maximum of 24 points available). His 13 consecutive makes in the championship round is second-best ever behind Craig Hodges (19, 1991), but Curry has just added to his rep as arguably the best 3-point shooter in the history of the game.
As a somewhat obvious byproduct of his historic scoring effort, Curry's total score of 50 points was also the most ever for a Warriors player in the competition shattering his previous record of 35. Klay Thompson finished third overall in the competition after scoring 24 points in the first round of the competition, which was not only the top score after one round and one off the all-time record for a round but also the best of any Warriors player ever to compete in the contest before Curry set the all-time record.
Thompson's first round effort also came after a blatant conspiratorial attempt to ice the Splash Brothers midway through the round.
The Splash Brother freeze is on.— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) February 15, 2015
The other new wrinkle this season was the addition of an option for the players to choose where they'd place a rack of moneyballs, which worked to Curry's advantage in the final round as placed the money rack as his last to put him over the top for the record.
Full results for the Warriors players
|Player||Round 1||Round 2||Total|
* = Top score for the round
Rack-by-rack results for Warriors players
|Player||Rack 1||Rack 2||Rack 3||Rack 4||Rack 5||Total|
|Stephen Curry (Round 1)||3||4||5||3||8*||23|
|Klay Thompson (Round 1)||4||6||3||5||6*||24|
|Stephen Curry (Round 2)
|Klay Thompson (Round 2)||5||3||1||0||4||14|
Earlier in the evening, Curry participated in the Shooting Stars competition with his father, Dell, and Seattle Storm star Sue Bird and lost in the first round. And the Curry family might still have more to celebrate tomorrow: in addition to Curry playing in the All-Star Game, younger brother Seth Curry will be playing in the D-League All-Star Game.