NBA All-Star Saturday night is officially in the books and it was a star-studded and entertaining affair! This jam packed night featured four of the weekend’s remaining five events—with only the 63rd NBA All-Star Game left!
We crowned several new champions, saw two championship repeats and even got treated to a sudden death! Read on to see how the participants performed at this year’s events.
Sears Shooting Stars
The night started with the Sears Shooting Stars, Team Bosh was on hand to attempt a title defense in 2014!
Team Curry (Dell Curry, Stephen Curry, Becky Hammon) for the West and Team Hardaway (Tim Hardaway Jr., Tim Hardaway Sr., Elena Delle Donne) of the East were eliminated in the first round.
The championship came down to Team Durant (Kevin Durant, Skyler Diggins, Karl Malone) and Team Bosh (Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash), with Bosh getting the win for his team by nailing the half-court shot and logging a time of 31.4 seconds. He also hit the half-court shot in the first round to advance his team to the championship. Team Bosh are now back to back champions!
Winner: East (Team Bosh: Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash)
Taco Bell Skills Challenge
The Skills Challenge came was a tight competition as all four teams finished within 5 seconds of each other. The Teams of Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan for the East and Goran Dragic and Reggie Jackson of the West were eliminated from first round action.
In the championship round Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo, for the East, set a time of 45.3 then it was the Damian Lillard and Trey Burke’s turn to see if they could come away with the victory for the West and repeat wins for Lillard. With a score just one-tenth of a second faster, 45.2 won the title!
Winner: West (Damian Lillard and Trey Burke)
Foot Locker Three Point Shootout
The three point contest is a favorite among fans and this year’s event did not disappoint as fans were treated to a sudden death after Marco Belinelli and Bradley Beal tied in the championship round with exactly 19 points each.
In sudden death, Belinelli set the bar high at 24 points after nailing six of his nine money balls, then it was Beal’s turn to try to bring the W home for the East. He fell short scoring just 18 points. Belinelli became the first Spur to ever win the Three-Point Shootout!
Winner: West (Marco Belinelli)
Sprite Slam Dunk
Now for the main event! Just kidding, but the Dunk contest is one of the most beloved events during All-Star Saturday as fans love to see players take flight and throw it down!
John Wall, Paul George and returning champ, Terrence Ross started the night off for the East during the free style round. In 90 seconds the East’s team worked together throwing up a spectacular double alley-oop. Harrison Barnes, Ben McLemore and Damian Lillard for the West were able to capture the same success and the East won the judges votes in that round.
Onto the battle round where one player from the West faced off against a player from the East. Some of the highlights included a Barnes replay of his dunk as his NBA 2k14 video game self. Reigning champ, Ross enlisted the help of fellow Canadian and rapper Drake, who brought out the Slam Dunk trophy and assisted Ross in his dunk.
Lillard and George executed gimmick free dunks, with Lillard throwing down a 360 left-handed dunk off the self alley-oop. George concocted a monster 360, spinning the “wrong way” (clockwise), through his legs and finished with a windmill dunk, the same dunk that he threw down earlier in the season!
After two rounds the East was up 2-0. McLemore was dubbed Shaq-Lemore as they came out together in spectacular (and very royal) fashion with McLemore dunking over a seated Shaq (complete with throne and all). Wall was the final dunker of the night and enlisted the help of his Washington Wizards’ Mascot, G-Man!
Wall set G-Man up to the right of the basket with the ball over his head, and then he took flight! Wall leap frogged over G-Man grabbed the ball, did a double pump and the reverse two-handed slam that basically brought the house down!
Judges Dominique Wilkins, Magic Johnson and Julius Irving dubbed the East the victors 3-0 and fans voted Wall the Dunker of the Night.
Winner: East (Terrence Ross, Paul George, John Wall); Dunker of the Night (John Wall)
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