Lillard opens to a 3-Peat in 3-Point Contest: only 2 have managed to win 3 in a row

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Damian Lillard won his second consecutive NBA 3-Point Contest on Saturday night, holding off Trae Young and Karl Anthony-Towns in the final round, and could aim for the 3-Peat.

After the event, TNT’s Chris Haynes asked Lillard if he will return next year to the 3-Point Contest to win his personal 3-peat:

“Damian Lillard tells @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport that after winning the 3-Point Contest twice, he’s willing to make it a trio since next year’s All-Star Weekend will be in his hometown, the Bay Area”.

Lillard will presumably represent the Bucks at the All-Star Game again next season, and since the contest will be held at the Chase Center in the Bay Area, it makes sense that the Oakland native would want to defend the title in his hometown.

The Bucks star has already won the NBA Skills Challenge in 2012-2013. He also became the first NBA player to participate in five All Star Weekend events (2014): Rising Stars Challenge, Dunk Contest, 3-point contest, Skills Challenge winner, All Star Game.

Lillard is the first 3-Point Contest champion to repeat since Jason Kopono won in 2007 and 2008. The NBA has had only two 3-time champions in a row: Craig Hodges in 1990-92 and Larry Bird in the first three contests, from 1986 to 1988.

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