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NBA Three-Point Contest: Heat's James Jones Beats Celtics Paul Pierce, Ray Allen

In a preview of what could be the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, it was a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in the Finals of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. James Jones took the shootout trophy to South Beach.

Miami's James Jones finished with 20 points, nailing four of his last five shots, but missing the all-important "money ball" on the final rack.

It didn't matter. Ray Allen flamed out down the stretch, missing most of his shots and finished last in the final round with a score of 15. Defending champion Paul Pierce lead off the final round of the shootout and posted a score of 18.

Allen had the highest score of the preliminary round, advancing to the second round with a score of 20. He nailed all five shots from the middle position on the floor.

Jones lead off the competition set the pace and finished second in the preliminary round with a score of 16. Pierce, an Inglewood, Calif. native was booed by the pro-Los Angeles Lakers crowd at the Staples Center. He somehow managed to stave off elimination by draining the last three balls to finish with 12 points

Golden State Warriors' Dorell Wright finished fourth with 11 points. Daniel Gibson of the Cleveland Cavaliers bricked his first nine shots and finished with a preliminary round score of seven.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder probably should have stuck to the Slam Dunk Competition. He finished last with six points.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.