Joe Harris edges out Steph Curry to win 2019 3-Point Contest

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Steph Curry has more than proven himself to be one of the best 3-point shooters in NBA history.

On Saturday night, however, the Golden State Warriors star fell just short.

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Instead, it was Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris who dominated the 3-Point Challenge at the Spectrum Center on Saturday, winning the second contest of the night after posting a 26 in the championship round.

“I’m just fortunate to be here,” Harris said after the event on TNT. “We were talking about it coming in, obviously the field is stacked … It’s just an honor to be here, an honor to compete with everybody.”

And while many would be weary of going first, Harris was happy about it. That, he said, actually gave him an edge.

“I actually thought it would be an advantage because I was able to warm up beforehand,” Harris said on TNT. “Instead of coming down and sitting and getting cold, I was able to get warm and get myself in a rhythm.”

Joe Harris edged out Steph Curry to win the 2019 3-Point Contest on Saturday night. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
Joe Harris edged out Steph Curry to win the 2019 3-Point Contest on Saturday night. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Opening round

Harris flew threw the opening round of the contest, getting out to a hot start with a 25 after making his last eight shots and making all five of his money-rack shots.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield edged Harris out for the lead with a 26 soon after. Curry, though, flew through the first round after making his final 10 shots — six of which were money balls — to grab the lead with 27.

Championship round

Harris kicked off the championship round and upped his score to 26, thanks to a perfect money-ball rack to close out the round.

Hield started off slow in his championship round, making just five of his first 15 shots. The slow start plagued the Kings guard, who finished with 19 to secure a third-place finish.

Curry didn’t waste any time, hitting his first nine shots in the championship round. While it looked as if he was going to cruise to the win, Curry stalled near the halfway point. He missed the mark just slightly, finishing with a 24 to give Harris the win.

Harris, who was in his first 3-Point Contest, has averaged 13.9 points in 54 games for the Nets this season, and is shooting nearly 47 percent from behind the arc.

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