Paul Pierce won the NBA 3-Point contest with a 20 point final round, defeating rookie Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Chauncey Billups of the Denver Nuggets.
In Pierce’s only other 3-point contest appearance in 2002, he finished in last place. Curry posted the highest first-round total, with 18 points, while Billups and Pierce advanced with 17 points each.
In the finals , however, Pierce shot first, making all five money-balls on his way to 20 points, and neither Curry (17) nor Billups (14) could match him. Pierce and teammate Eddie House both lobbied hard for inclusion in the 3-point shootout.
Throughout the contest, fellow All-stars Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were cheering loudly for Pierce, rooting for him to take the hardware, the trophy, back to Boston.