All-Star Paul Pierce posted a score of 20 in the final round of the 3-Point Contest to defeat Stephen Curry and become the 2010 Foot Locker 3-Point Contest Champion on Saturday night.
Pierce won the 3-Point Shootout, proving his lackluster performance the last time he was in the competition was an aberration.
“I worked on it, I really took pride in it. In ’02 I stunk it up. I wanted to come in here and put on a show,” Pierce said. “I had to work on getting the technique down and knowing what side to pull the ball from, stuff like that. I knew if I got hot I could win it.”
When Pierce last competed in the Shootout in 2002, he scored only eight points — what he called leading into this week’s competition “almost a record low.”
With the win Saturday, Pierce became the first Celtics player since Larry Bird to win the contest. Pierce hit all five money balls in the final, and his 20 points marked the high score of the competition.