San Antonio Spurs swingman Marco Belinelli was a slow starter as an NBA pro, he started slowly as an NBA three-point shooter, and he clanged away to start his run at the league’s Three-Point Shootout on Saturday night. As the racks progressed and Marco picked up a little sweat on his brow, though, his shots started falling to the point where he outpaced his Team West compatriots and entered into a playoff with Team East finalist Bradley Beal. Belinelli topped the Washington Wizards guard by nailing 24 points in that playoff round, the highest total of the night, earning a Three-Point Shootout title in his first appearance at the event.
Beal forced the playoff in what was the most thrilling part of the NBA’s All-Star Saturday events to that point by nailing the last six shots of his final round. Stuck with just 11 points in comparison to Belinelli’s score of 19 in the last frame, Beal shot an airball on the penultimate ball on his penultimate rack before hitting six daggers in a row to tie Marco’s score. Though Beal was allowed to rest during the subsequent playoff, Belinelli overcame his astonishment at Beal’s clutch performance and prevailed by notching the highest total of the night at the best possible time.Read More »from Marco Belinelli wins the Three-Point Shootout after Bradley Beal’s comeback forces a playoff