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NEW ORLEANS – Warriors point guard Stephen Curry entered All-Star Weekend as the league's newest celebrity and the betting favorite to win the 3-point shootout.
Well, he's still the league's newest celebrity.
After earlier draining all three of his warmup 3-pointers, Curry was eliminated in the first round of the 3-point shootout Saturday night at Smoothie King Arena.
After drawing raves from fellow All-Stars on Friday for his long-distance shooting, Curry took the floor as the last of the four Western Conference participants. He made 12 of 25 shots, for a total of 16 points.
Former Warriors draft pick Marco Belinelli, now with San Antonio, won the West, finishing with 19 points, and then won the overall championship, outshooting Eastern Conference champ Bradley Beal, 24-18.
"It was set up for me, to go out there and know what number I needed to get,'' Curry said. "I got to the third rack and thought I had a good shot at it. I just got a little cold.''
The competition consists of each player shooting 25 3-pointers from five different locations around the arc within a 60-second time limit. Curry made only one of his final five shots, leaving him behind Belinelli and Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (18 points) and even with Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (16).
"I had fun,'' Curry said, "but obviously I'm a little disappointed I didn't win. Hopefully I'll get to come back and represent the Warriors and eventually bring a trophy back.''
Beal won the East title by beating out Magic guard Arron Afflalo (15 points), Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (16) and Nets guard Joe Johnson (11).
Curry leads the league in 3-pointers made, with 171, after setting a record (272) last season. This was his third failed attempt to win the shootout during All-Star Weekend.
He can't wait to be invited back, as he almost certainly will.
"I'll do it every year if they ask me,'' he said. "As a shooter, you've got to have that at least once.''