NEW YORK -- The man widely regarded as the most dangerous long-distance shooter in the NBA certified himself Saturday night.
Stephen Curry finally earned the trophy symbolic of winning the 3-point shootout during All-Star Weekend.
"I'm very happy right now," said Curry, who in three previous competitions had failed to prevail.
The Warriors guard sailed through the first round of competition at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, reaching the second and final round along with teammate Klay Thompson and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.
Curry in that second round torched his competitors, getting a 27 score and that including 13 consecutive shots from beyond the arc that incited thunderous roaring from the sellout crowd.
Yet the sixth-year veteran couldn't bring himself to feel confident.
"Klay Thompson is right behind me – no way," Curry said. "I knew I had done pretty well, obviously, finishing strong with that second round.
"But Klay, I looked in his eyes. He's capable of (scoring) 37 in a quarter, so he can probably knock down a couple threes and hit a high number."
Each player is allowed to shoot five basketballs from five different positions around the arc. Regulation balls count 1 point each, while the red, white and blue balls – there are nine – each count for two points.
In addition to Curry, Thompson and Irving, the field of eight included Trail Blazers guard Wes Matthews, Clippers guard J.J. Redick, Rockets guard James Harden, Hawks guard Kyle Korver and Spurs guard Marco Belinelli, who was the defending champion.
"Crazy, competitive and high-class field of all eight shooters," Curry said. "So I think this is, just watching the competition, I think this is definitely the best field that's ever been in a 3-point shootout.
"Just pretty cool moment for me."