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Mario Henzonja (CRO)
02/02/2015
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Hezonja in elite company after red-hot shooting display

BARCELONA (FIBA Basketball World Cup/Liga Endesa) - There have been some spectacular shooting performances this season by players that featured at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The latest was turned in by emerging Croatia star Mario Hezonja.

On Sunday, the Dubrovnik-born Hezonja became just the fourth player in Spanish Liga Endesa history to make all eight of his three-point attempts in a game to lead Barca in a 101-53 demolition of La Bruixa d'Or Manresa.

Only Brazil legend Oscar Schmidt (1994), Serbia great Sasha Djordjevic (1998) and Taquan Dean (2009) had previously connected on all eight of their shots from behind the arc in Liga Endesa games.

Oscar, who is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the FIBA Hall of Fame, was a player for CB Valladolid at the time while Djordjevic was a Barcelona star.

When Dean pulled off the feat, he played for CB Murcia.

The 19-year-old Hezonja had not made more than two three-pointers in a Liga Endesa game before Sunday, although he did connect on all three of his attempts in a 9 January Euroleague clash with Panathinaikos.

Hezonja's three-point explosion set the social media buzzing.

There has been some terrific shooting across the Atlantic this season, too.

In the Liga Sudamericana, marksman Robert Day drilled nine in a row for Bauru in a 95-87 win over Uniceub BRB on 11 November.

He finished that game 10 of 12 and had 32 points.

Day was the talk of the town after that three-point shooting barrage.

The most impressive three-point shooting display of the season was turned in by USA guard Klay Thompson.

The Golden State Warriors star hit all nine of his three-pointers in his record-setting 37-point third quarter against Sacramento on 23 January.

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