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Malone, Reiss have plan for 2ball contest

Karl Malone is a 50-percent 3-point shooter this season.

Then again, he's only attempted two treys, so that's not saying much.But while the Mailman is not known for his 3-point shooting, he and 2ball teammate Tammi Reiss of the Utah Starzz know that long-range shots will be important if they want to win the first-ever event as part of All-Star Saturday Night.

The Malone/Reiss combination is one of eight teams that will participate in the event that has replaced the slam dunk contest. 2ball rewards varying points for shots from different spots on the floor during a 60-second "game." Lay-ups, for instance, are worth two points. NBA 3-pointers are worth eight, with other values in between.

The two players alternate shots. The Utah tandem has come up with an interesting plan. Malone will take the majority of the long shots - and therefore hang out near the 3-point line - with Reiss doing most of the rebounding. She will rebound and dribble out to take shorter shots when it's her turn to shoot or rebound and pass the ball out to Malone for 3-pointers when it's his turn.

The first-place 2ball team will receive $25,000 with $10,000 for second, $5,000 for third and $2,000 each for teams that place fourth through eighth.

The other Jazz participant in tonight's events at Madison Square Garden will be Jeff Hornacek in the 3-point shooting contest. He's currently the third most accurate 3-point bomber in the league, but he has his work cut out for him against the likes of Glen Rice, Reggie Miller and Dale Ellis.

Hornacek's only other appearance in the event was in 1992. He placed eighth - which is a nice way of saying he was last that year.

The 3-point shooting contest requires players to shoot 25 3-pointers in a one-minute time - five balls at five different locations. Since Hornacek shoots a true jump shot on each of his 3-pointers - unlike most of the other contestants - it may be a stretch for him to get all 25 shots off in a minute.

"I haven't really practiced for this," he said. "Sure, you'd like to win, but it really doesn't matter too much."

Then again, the $20,000 first-place check wouldn't be too shabby. The minimum he will receive is $1,000.