A new twist to this year’s Three-Point Contest was a full rack of ‘money balls’. Usually every rack has one ‘money ball’ at the end worth 2 points and the rest being worth 1. They still had ‘money balls’ at the end of each rack, but in addition they replaced one regular rack with a full rack of ‘money balls’.
The shooter got the choice of where to put his ‘money rack’. Love chose to put it on the left wing, which was the second rack he’d shoot. Unfortunately he hit just 1 of 5 of that ‘money rack’, scoring just 2 points out of a possible 10.
Here are the rest of the results, rack-by-rack…
1st Rack: 3 of 5
2nd Rack: 1 of 5
3rd Rack: 4 of 5
4th Rack: 4 of 5
Final Rack: 1 of 5
That gave him a final score of 16 out of a possible 34.
Blazer guard Damian Lillard followed and immediately knocked off Love by scoring 18. Spurs sharpshooter Marco Belinelli was up next and he promptly knocked out Lillard by scoring 19. Warriors guard Stephen Curry was the final contestant for the West and finished with just 16, not good enough to advance.
First up for the East was the Nets’ Joe Johnson who scored the worst score of the contest with 11. Magic Most Improved Player candidate Arron Afflalo was up next and easily knocked off Johnson and scored 15. Wizards guard Bradley Beal followed Afflalo and scored the highest score of the first round with 21. As such, the final contestant Cavs pheom Kyrie Irving finished with just 17.
The final round was then between Belinelli representing the West & Beal representing the East. The finals round resulted in a19-19 tie, with Beal catching fire late to send it to a tiebreaker.
Marco won the tiebreaker with the best score of the night 24 to Beals’ 18.
Kevin Love who went first said that he knew 16 wasn’t going to be good enough, but he had a lot of fun. Love will finish his All-Star Weekend with the big game on Sunday night. Stay tuned to the News section for updates on how Love fared against the other All-Stars.