ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson's first attempt in the NBA's Three-Point Contest was an airball.
Yes, he was a nervous.
"I come from a very small town where this type of stuff doesn't happen," Anderson said.
Anderson, who played basketball at Oak Ridge High School where he won a state title as a junior, got his first taste of All-Star activities by participating in the contest. Anderson needed 18 points to avoid elimination. He finished with 17.
Anderson was eliminated in the first round when he missed his final attempt, the money ball worth two points.
"I knew I needed that one," he said. "That was the make-or-break one, and I'd made all the money balls before that.
"It was honestly the longest minute of my life," Anderson said.
He said several thoughts went through his mind before the event, including wondering what music would be played.
"It's a surreal experience," Anderson said. "Just looking around and seeing celebrities and so many great players."
Anderson said he didn't get to practice the event a lot. But he did get to practice Saturday morning and spent time with his family that was in town for the event.
Now that he's gotten through the nerves associated with his first attempt try at the contest wouldn't mind another try.
"I just had fun," Anderson said. "I'm glad it's over and I'm ready to do another one."
Minnesota All-Star forward Kevin Love won the competition, beating Oklahoma All-Star forward Kevin Durant in a tiebreaker.
The former Oak Ridge High School and Cal standout leads the NBA with 99 made three pointers. Anderson has made 43.4 percent of his threes this season, tied for 16th in the NBA.
Anderson is having a career year in his fourth season. The 6-foot-10 forward is averaging career highs with 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Anderson's shooting percentage from the field (44.1 percent) and on threes are also career highs.
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