NEW ORLEANS -- Bradley Beal said after a practice session at Verizon Center, "I got this." On Saturday, at the three-point shootout on All-Star Saturday Night, the Wizards' second-year shooting guard almost did. He advanced to the final round, made all his shots on the final rack to force an extra session with Marco Bellinelli but couldn't overcome him in the end.
Belinelli (Spurs) scored 24 points in the extra session, making all the two-point shots on his "money ball" rack to Beal's 18. He's already thinking about next season and whether or not he'll compete.
"If he does it again, I'll do it again," Beal said of Belinelli. "If he doesn't do it, I won't do it."
Beal forced the extra session when he made every shot on the final rack of the championship round to tie Belinelli with 19 points.
Beal advanced among a field of four in the East with a score of 21, dethroning defending three-point champ Kyrie Irving (Cavs) who only had 16. Arron Afflalo (Magic) only registered 13 and Joe Johnson (Nets) 11.
Belinelli, the league's second-most accurate three-point shooter at 44.8% for the Spurs, advanced from the West. He had a score of 19, beating out Damian Lillard (Blazers) with 18 and 16 each from Kevin Love (Timberwolves) and Stephen Curry (Warriors).