Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry knocked down the "money ball" in his last shot to get to 28 points and edge out Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley for the NBA three-point contest title. Conley had 27 points and had a strong chance to win his first three-point contest but Curry shined in the key moments and ended up winning his second three-point contest title.
"I could hear the temperature rise a little bit,'' Curry said of the reaction from the small crowd allowed in State Farm Arena, per ESPN and AP. "It was some awesome competition. I'm glad I got it done.'
' Meanwhile, Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis won the Skills Challenge, while Portland Trail Blazers' Anfernee Simons won the dunk contest. "It was fun,'' Sabonis said. "I wanted to come out and make sure I got it done this time.'
' Simons said: "In practice, I never actually kissed the rim, but I was like, 'I gotta commit to it,'" I tried to put a mouthpiece in last-minute, but it didn't fit in my mouth. I just scratched, and I'm just going to emphasize the smooch face so people know I'm next to the rim and trying to kiss it.
"I was like, 'All right, let's actually do it this time.' That was something nobody had ever done. Just very unique and very creative to do. I think a few people can actually do [it]. I think that was going to show the judges a lot."
Curry then delivered a strong performance in the All-Star Game
Curry had 28 points, four rebounds and four assists as Team LeBron cruised past Team Durant 170-150. "[The game] felt the same," Curry said. "The only thing is you can't really see the crowd in normal years, outside the courtside rows, but the energy is definitely louder, more engaged with more people.
"But the only thing that was really missing was the courtside kind of vibe. The who's who sitting down there, and just the energy down on the court. I remember watching it last year in Chicago and that was half the fun of the new format, the ending, was everyone who was courtside or in the lower part of the stands just all locked in and engaged in the game, and there's some dope photos of that. That's the biggest piece that was missing."