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National Basketball Association changes Three-Point Contest for first time, adding two deep threes

National Basketball Association changes Three-Point Contest for first time, adding two deep threes”

That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25, and competitors will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60.

Because there are two additional shots that that players must attempt, there will be 10 seconds added to each round (so each of the rounds will be one minute and 10 seconds going forward).

Five-time All-Star Lillard ranks third in National Basketball Association, scoring at 29.8 points a game and second in 3-point hoops with 192, while Young - fifth in league scoring at 29.2 points a game - has made 156 3-pointers in 46 games after making the same number over 81 games last season. There have been almost 300 shots made from at least 30 feet this season, already more than the total from last season.

"There will be two green, MTN-DEW-branded basketballs placed 29'9" from the rim in what will be called the "MTN DEW Zone" and both of these deep threes will be worth three points - making them even more important than the contest's money balls. The maximum score that can be reached is now 40, six more than the previous maximum. He is sixth in the league in 3-pointers made per game (3.4) and 3-point percentage (43.9) in his first full season, and a regular in Miami's starting lineup. LaVine made 13 3-pointers against Charlotte on November 23, the top single-game effort in the National Basketball Association this season.

Howard, who has not participated in the dunk contest since a three-year run from 2007-09, won the contest in 2008.

Defending champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets will try to become the first back-to-back 3-Point Contest victor since Jason Kapono in 2007-2008.

Lillard and Young are All-Stars this season. Bertans, Graham, LaVine, Robinson and Young are all first-time 3-point contest participants.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



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