The NBA 2017 All-Star JBL 3-point competition was expected to be a show down between last year’s winner and a previous winner, but the script didn’t match the outcome.
Much like the Toronto 2016 slam dunk competition set a high bar for level of competition, so too did the 3-point competition. In fact, until Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine put on the never ending dunk off, the 3-point competition had become the marquee event over the past few All-Star weekends.
The show the Splash Brothers put on in the competition had the crowd energized leading into the dunk competition. Even defending champion Klay Thompson couldn’t make it out of the first round after finishing with only just 18 points.
Kyle Lowry didn’t exactly bring his A-game this year. While competing in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game’s JBL Three-Point Contest for the second year in a row, the Raptors point guard managed to completely air-ball his first shot.
When asked if he would return for next years Three point competition Lowry told the Toronto Sun:
“Yeah, for sure I would do it again,” Lowry said. “If I can keep shooting the ball the way I do in the regular season I think I can win it one day.”
Pretty surprising stuff, considering Lowry ranks third in the league in three-pointers with 185 so far this season.
Kemba Walker, Irving and Gordon each advanced to the finals, and the latter two put up a score of 20 points to force an extra session.
Irving had hit seven of his last nine in the second round, but he lost steam in the final round. As he went to the bench, he was telling the other contestants he was getting tired during the final couple racks.
In the end, it was Gordon who came through with a final score of 21 to earn the win. Gordon’s win makes him the 10th different Three Point Contest champion in the past 10 years. It could have been Irving’s second win after taking the title in 2013, but his chances fell flat.
Notably, Stephen Curry did not participate in this year’s contest.