CHICAGO -- Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans advanced to the final round of the NBA All-Star three-point contest on Saturday night at the United Center, but did not have enough to take home the trophy.
Bertans put up a score of 22 in the final round and was quickly eliminated by Devin Booker of the Suns, who responded with a 26. Buddy Hield then scored a 27 to win the competition on a walk-off by hitting the final money ball.
"Once I got a 22, I was sure I'm not winning. I thought I would need at least a 25 to keep the hopes alive," Bertans said.
Bertans started slow in the first round, making only two shots in the first two racks. But he had a major rally once he crossed the halfway point. Bertans first sank a Mountain Dew three-ball, which was placed six feet behind the three-point line. Then, he cleared the money ball rack in the slot.
Bertans also made four-of-five on the money-ball rack in the second round. The players get to choose where to place that rack and he was asked afterward why he chose the right wing:
"I think the 9-for-10 explains why, right?"
Bertans recorded a 26 in the first round, which was just one off the top scorers, Devin Booker and Hield, who tied at 27.
The NBA three-point contest record for a single round is 28, set by Booker back in 2018. But with the new system of two shots worth three points, plus more time allotted per round, there is potential for higher scores than ever before.
Bertans ended up in third place. He was hoping to be the first Washington player to win the competition since Tim Legler in 1996.
Third, though, is something Bertans can be proud of.
"Being in the final, I definitely represented myself really well and I hope I get another chance," he said.
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