James Harden only scored 15 in his round at the Three-Point contest, and he was the first guy eliminated as a result. He never got into a rhythm and he tired late, missing 8 of his last 9 shots. Coming immediately after Pat Beverley's surprise Skills Competition, it was a particular disappointment.
When you're going up against a legendary field like the one tonight, with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver (who also disappointed with 18) and two defending champions, it's going to take a lot to make an impression. Still, a last-place finish is as close as you can come to an embarrassment at the Three-Point Contest. It's not that close, but still.
Former champion Kyrie Irving and the Splash Brothers advanced to the final round in the contest, and Steph hit a record 27 to win it all. Klay Thompson managed to save the Beard the indignity of having the lowest score in the contest when he finished with 14 in the final round.
It was pretty much Steph's birthright to win the Three-Point Contest, so James shouldn't feel that bad. But come on, last place?