On a night where he was going against sharp shooters like Stephen Curry, Devin Booker and Damian Lillard, Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris overcame the odds to win the 2019 Three Point contest.
With the main story lines of the night being the Curry brothers returning to their hometown and Charlotte Hornets legend Kemba Walker participating in front of his home crowd, no one expected what was coming next.
At the end of the contest, one man was standing tall with the trophy and his name was Joe Harris.
Joe Harris came into the night shooting a scorching 47 percent from 3, which is currently second in the league and highest among all Three-Point Contest participants.
While Harris has been shooting the lights out for Brooklyn this year, he wasn’t selected to be a part of the Three-Point Contest at first. With the campaigning help of fans, his teammates and Brooklyn Nets, he was eventually added to the field.
As the contest was set to began, Harris was the first shooter and immediately showed everyone why he belonged in the shootout. Harris started out strong in the first couple of racks, but caught fire on his last rack, the money-ball rack.
Harris went 5-for-5 on the money-ball rack to finish with a score of 25.
That score carried Harris to the final round as only Buddy Hield (26) and Stephen Curry (27) had better scores. In the final round, Joe Harris started first again and once again shot the lights out. In his final round, Harris put up 26 points while Hield put up only 19.
With only the greatest shooter of all-time between Harris and the win, the crowd watched as Curry started off his last round making his first nine shots, but then the impossible happened.
Curry went cold and opened the door for Harris as even with Curry hitting 4-of-5 on his last rack, which was the money-ball rack, he finished with 24 points.
A sense of relief came over Harris as he edged out Curry to win the 2019 NBA Three-Point Contest. Immediately, his teammates, the Nets and the Nets faithful took to social media to congratulate their sharpshooting marksman.
Harris was humble in victory and gave credit to the Nets organization and even gave a shout out to the fans as well.
In such a stacked field of shooters, the man who was the least known out of them all came out on top. Joe Harris is a product of the Nets’ system and player development progress.
He was signed two years ago after bouncing around from the G-League and the Cleveland Cavaliers and worked his way to being a starter and elite 3-point shooter in the NBA. Another reason to #BetonBrooklyn.