Paul George to participate in 3-point contest

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First he gets his All-Star pick, now he gets to show off his shooting ability. Paul George was selected to participate in the 2018 JBL Three-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 32nd JBL Three-Point Contest is part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which will air on TNT and ESPN Radio at 8 p.m. ET. All-Star Saturday Night also includes the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Verizon Slam Dunk.

The five-time All-Star will be joined by Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Suns guard Devin Booker, Heat guard Wayne Ellington, Rockets guard Eric Gordon, Clippers forward Tobias Harris, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Warriors guard Klay Thompson.

George is shooting a career-high 42.3 percent from beyond the arc this season and ranks fifth among all NBA players in three-pointers made (155) while averaging 21.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a league-leading 2.2 steals per game.

George had a season high 43 points in the 127-124 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, Feb. 1. George shot 19-of-26 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. He also had two steals in the second half as he scored 28 in the half and helped Oklahoma City climb back from 20 points down.

The JBL Three-Point Contest is a two-round, timed competition. Five shooting locations are positioned around the three-point arc. Four racks contain four NBA regulation balls (each worth one point) and one multicolored “money” ball (worth two points). The fifth rack is a special “all money ball” rack, which each participant can place at any of the five locations. Every ball on this rack is worth two points. The players have one minute to shoot as many of the 25 balls as they can.

George is the second person in Thunder history to participate in the three-point competition. Kevin Durant participated in the 2011 and 2012 three-point competitions. Durant finished last in 2011 and finished second to Kevin Love in 2012.

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