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Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, James Jones advance to finals of three-point contest

February 19, 2011 |  7:11 pm


The NBA's all-time three-point scorer Ray Allen hit 14 of his 25 shots to make it to the final round of the three-point contest along with Celtics teammate and defending champion Paul Pierce and the Heat's James Jones at Staples Center.

Each player had one minute to shoot up to 25 three-point shots from five different points on the court; most shots are worth one point; the last ball in each of the five racks is worth two. The three players with the most points advanced to the final round.

Last year's scoring champion Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City had a poor shooting night, missing  20 of his 25 shots, and was eliminated in the first round, as were the Warriors' Dorell Wright and Cavaliers' Daniel Gibson.

Pierce and Allen were intermittently booed by Lakers fans in the crowd. 

--Barry Stavro

Photo: Celtics forward Paul Pierce competes in the three-point shooting contest on Saturday evening at Staples Center. Credit: Gary Hershorn / Reuters