Sunday, February 17, 2008

Kapono Defends 3-Point Shooting Crown

By Bruin Basketball Report

Bruin Jason Kapono defended his 3-Point Shooting crown on All-Star Saturday with a record tying final round of 25 points.

Kapono, currently with the NBA's Toronto Raptors, matched three-time winner Craig Hodges' mark of 25 set in 1986, hitting ten straight shots at one point.  He hit all five money balls, worth two points, in the deciding round of the competition.

Cleveland's Daniel Gibson, who made 11 three-pointers in the Rookie Challenge game, finished second with 17 points and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki had 14 in the final round.  Nowitzki was a late-replacement for an injured Kobe Bryant.

Kapono, the NBA's best three-point shooter this season, came prepared for the competition with his silky-smooth delivery from outside.  He is shooting 51% (50-98) from beyond the arc for the Raptors this year.

In other All-Star Saturday festivities, Orlando's Dwight Howard thrilled the crowd with a series of the most creative dunks ever performed in the competition, including a dunk Howard threw down while still behind the backboard. In the Skills Challenge, Utah's Deron Williams beat out New Orleans' Chris Paul.

In the Rookie Challenge game on Friday, Bruin Jordan Farmar scored 17 points and dished out a game-high 12 assists to help lead his Sophomore squad to a 136-109 win past the Rookies.  Fellow Sophomore teammate Daniel Gibson was named MVP of the game.

(photo credit: AP)



At Feb 17, 2008, 8:42:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Can anybody tell me the following:
1) His contract (years and $$$)
2) Avg. # min per game
Keep it up Jason

At Feb 17, 2008, 4:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$5.3M a year. Good for you JK!

At Feb 20, 2008, 12:43:00 AM, Anonymous Bare Gunner said...

Very happy to see Jason rewarded for his talent as one of the "purest" shooting players I have ever seen. I always loved his quick release during his tenure in Westwood.
I was not only proud of his 3-point title (two years running), but the decisive margin of victory!

At Feb 22, 2008, 3:39:00 PM, Anonymous Emma said...

I was simultaneously proud of him and bitter that we couldn't do more with him in our lineup when we had him. Damn you, Steve Lavin! (Of course, this might be revisionist.)


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