NBA All-Star Game: Looking Back At 1998, The Last One In New York City

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Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is presented with the three-point contest trophy after the 2013 NBA three-point contest at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

-Three Point Contest

This was arguably the most anticipated event of the weekend, which we will get into later. On this night, Jeff Hornacek, now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, was the best shooter in the gym. He beat former New York Knick Hubert Davis in the finals, by a score of 16-10. Hornacek almost didn’t even make the final, as he tied with Dale Ellis in the semifinals but defeated him in a 30 second shootout to move onto the finals. Hornacek may have won the competition, but he wasn’t the one being remembered for setting records.

Davis actually had two impressive feats, as the 24 he made in the semifinals tied for the most ever with Craig Hodges. He would then follow that up with the worst finals performance seen in the Three-Point Shooting Contest, making only 10.

New York Knicks’ point guard Charlie Ward participated in the contest, but fell short. He made 15 in the first round, enough to reach the semi final, but fell short by only making 11 there.

No disrespect to Hornacek or any of the other players that took part in 1998, but this year’s participants are stacked, making arguably the deepest group ever to compete in the contest. Hornacek and Davis would be lucky to make it out of the first round if they were to be included in this group consisting of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Kyle Korver, Wes Matthews, Marco Belinelli, Kyrie Irving and J.J. Redick.