The 10 Greatest Performances in NBA Three-Point Contest History

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The 10 Greatest Performances in NBA Three-Point Contest History

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The 2014 Foot Locker 3-Point Contest is slowly sneaking up on us. The participants for this year's event will be Bradley Beal, Joe Johnson, Arron Afflalo, Stephen Curry, Marco Belinelli, Kevin Love, Damian Lillard and the defending champion Kyrie Irving will join them as well.

Uncle Drew will be looking to defend his crown against a strong field of challengers. Everyone has their favorites in all the events throughout All-Star Weekend, and my favorite for the 3-Point Contest is Stephen Curry.

I mean, seriously, how can you go against Stephen Curry? Have you seen his shooting stroke as of late? Well if you haven't, you need to. Curry and Klay Thompson have been draining them from deep all season long. I'm actually surprised that Thompson was not invited to take part in the 3-Point Shootout with his teammate.

A Curry-Thompson battle in the finals would be great for all the fans there, and I'm sure both of them would love to go head-to-head on a big stage like the Smoothie King Center will be this weekend.

Damian Lillard will be participating in every event during All-Star weekend. I applaud him for his effort, but there's no way at all he has enough energy to perform well in every event. Only time will tell, though. He's had a strong season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers, so maybe he will surprise everyone and win the Skills Challenge, the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown and the 3-Point Contest.

The first ever 3-Point Contest was held during the 1985-86 season and was won by Larry Bird. Larry Legend winning the first ever event is just one of several great performances in the history of the 3-Point Shooting Contest. Keep clicking that next slide button to find out the other great performances.

You know you want to.

Dalton Keene is an Atlanta Hawks writer for RantSports.com, you can follow him on twitter @daltonjkeene and add him to your circles on Google.
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10. 65 In Three Rounds Combined

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Tim Legler with a score of 65 in three rounds combined in 1996 was awesome.

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9. 25 In One Round

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Jason Kapono put up 25 in one round in the year 2008. He won the event with the 25 in one round.

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8. 25 In One Round... Again

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Craig Hodges opened up the contest with a score of 25 in the year 1986.

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7. Larry Legend Winning In Its First Three Years

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Larry Bird winning the contest in its first three years of existence (1986-88) was really impressive.

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6. Dirk Becoming First Big To Win It All

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Dirk Nowitzki became the first player over 7-foot to win the contest in 2006. He beat Gilbert Arenas in the final round by a score of 18 to 16.

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5. 19 Straight Made In 1991

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Craig Hodges made 19 straight shots in the year 1991 which is just ridiculous.

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4. 11 Straight In 1986

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Larry Bird made 11 straight shots in 1986, the first year the contest was held.

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3. Outscoring The Greatest of All-Time By 15

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Craig Hodges outscored Michael Jordan in 1990 by 15 points. Jordan set a record low for points in one round with just 5.

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2. 24 In The Finals

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Jason Kapono scored 24 in the 2007 final. Kapono was known to win just about every time he was invited to participate.

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1. Larry Bird Dominating The First Event

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Larry Bird winning the very first contest in 1986 by a score of 22 to 12 over the future three-time champion Craig Hodges really stands above all other moments in history.

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