Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love bested Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant in a final-round tiebreaker to win the Three-Point Contest.
Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson nearly advanced out of the opening round.
Anderson sank his first four money balls, and he had 17 points before he attempted his final shot: a money ball from the left corner that would have propelled him past Love and the Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers and into the final round.
But Anderson’s shot was short, hitting the left edge of the rim, prompting a collective groan from the crowd.
“I knew I needed that one,” Anderson said. “That was the make-or-break one.”
“It was the longest minute of my life, I think. It’s funny: just so much preparation and so much thought into just a minute. I’m glad I did it. I’m glad I know what it’s like.”
Anderson leads the league in 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted.
Love, a prototypical “stretch 4” and the NBA’s defending rebounding champ, scored 17 points in a final-round tiebreaker, beating Durant, who had 14.
"I'm a guy that loves to rebound the ball, a guy that loves to play inside, really a physical player," Love said. "But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot 3-point shots. So to be where I am now and continue to work on my game, I think this definitely speaks to my versatility."
The Heat’s James Jones, who was the defending Three-Point Contest champ, had a chance to win Saturday’s contest outright. But James had 12 points in the final round to finish third behind Love and Durant, who were tied at 16.
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