Doin' it from downtown
Bucks' Allen rallies to take 3-point shootout title
Updated: Monday February 19, 2001 4:10 PM
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Just when it looked as if Peja Stojakovic was going to claim the title of the NBA's best shooter, Ray Allen turned into an assassin.
Allen made 10 straight shots in the final round to overtake Stojakovic and win the Shootout at All-Star Saturday.
Stojakovic had staked an early claim to the title by winning the 2ball event with Ruthie Bolton-Holifield. He maintained the hot hand in the first round of the Shootout before notching a 17 in the final round.
The Croatian sensation of the Sacramento Kings was on the verge of completing the same double achieved last year by Jeff Hornacek, who retired in the offseason with the unofficial badge of honor.
But Allen, the All-Star guard of the Milwaukee Bucks who faltered against Hornacek, did not do so again this year. He trailed by 10 points midway through the rack at the top of the key before making the final "money" ball and locking in.
Allen made all five balls in the left-wing rack and the first four in the left corner before his final shot bounced away. By that time, he had 19 points and had shot down Stojakovic.
"I think that's maybe my favorite spot because the way I turn into the basket, it's on that side of the floor a lot of times," Allen said. "I'm more comfortable on that side, so it worked out for me. I was thankful that I got that side last. Last year, I started from that side and came to the other side."
Hornacek had won the last two Shootouts before calling it quits. He often spoke of repetition and rhythm as the keys to sharpshooting, and Allen agreed.
"It's important to shoot over and over," Allen said. "We shoot before practice, shoot during practice and shoot after practice. Repetition is the key."
Allen was even hotter in the first round, making a blistering 17-of-25 shots and posting a 20. Stojakovic was not too shabby, either, making eight of his last nine attempts for a 19.
"In the beginning, I was nervous in the 2ball competition, but then after I won, I was sure I'm going to shoot the ball well," Stojakovic said.
The third finalist was Dallas Mavericks 7-footer Dirk Nowitzki. The tallest competitor in Shootout history drilled his last nine in the first round for a tally of 17 but faltered in the finals for the second straight year, posting just a 10.
Falling shy of the finals was Orlando Magic forward Pat Garrity, who posted a 15. Steve Nash of Dallas totaled 14, Rashard Lewis of Seattle had 12, Allan Houston of New York 11 and Bryon Russell of Utah 10.
Russell is third in the NBA in 3-point shooting, trailing Seattle's Brent Barry and Garrity.
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