Miami Heat: James Jones Wins The 3-Point Shootout

Robert FeltonAnalyst IIFebruary 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  James Jones #22 of the Miami Heat wins the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The Miami Heat have not been able to beat the Boston Celtics during the regular season.

But in the Foot Locker 3-point Shootout, Heat forward James Jones defied many pundits predictions and defeated two Boston Celtics shooters, Paul Pierce (the reigning 3-point champ) and the league leader in 3-point field goals made Ray Allen.

Coming into the competition, it was widely believed that Allen was the favorite.

 He'd just passed Reggie Miller for most three-point field goals made in NBA history with 2,561, and was having an All-Star caliber season. Jones was very much the forgotten man in the competition.

But James, after surviving the first round following a tough shooting performance for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who scored a mere six, faced off against Pierce and Allen in the final and won the contest.

"I found that after the first rack I had more time than I had originally assumed," Jones told Cheryl Miller after besting Pierce by two points (20-18).

"Most of my shots are three point shots, so I felt comfortable shooting out there."

Jones becomes the fourth Miami Heat player to win the award after Glen Rice, Jason Kapono, and Daequan Cook.