Stephen Curry came up just short of winning the 2019 NBA All-Star 3-point contest on Saturday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., but the Warriors star isn't too concerned about coming in second.
“I give myself an A for effort in terms of getting down to the last rack and literally had one go in and out," Curry said, per The Mercury News. “You miss a couple, you start to think a little bit."
Curry came out strong and opened up the championship round making his first nine shots, but then he missed three of his five shots on the third rack, and made three of four on the fourth rack. He finished second behind Nets' Joe Harris.
“A 3-point competition with that kind of atmosphere? It’s what you ask for,” Curry said. “... People behind you and people behind celebrity row are yelling behind you making noises and stuff. You hear the crowd. It’s not like Oracle in terms of the volume. You feel it out here a little bit more.
“You see the ball go in and go in, you almost kind of black out on the last rack.
Even though Harris walked away with the win, he gave high praise to the Warriors star.
“Steph is the greatest shooter of all time,” Harris said. “Shooting off of the rack for a minute is not indicative of being a better shooter than Steph Curry. I don’t want anybody to get it twisted at all.”
While Curry wouldn't reveal whether this would be his last 3-point contest as he wavered back and forth, he did say, "We’ll remember this for a long time.”