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NBA All-Star Sunday Night has come and gone. Let’s take a look back at what happened…
TACO BELL SKILLS CHALLENGE
In the skills challenge it was Domantas Sabonis who dominated. In round one he blew past Julius Randle and in round two he outworked Luka Doncic. However in the final round, he matched up against Magic big man, Nikola Vucevic. Sabonis, who was the runner-up last year, won this year’s Skills Challenge. Let’s just say he made it look easy.
You can watch the final round of this years Taco Bell Skills Challenge below.
MTN DEW NBA THREE-POINT CONTEST
In my opinion, the most entertaining contest of the night. This year’s Three-Point Contest did not disappoint.
This year’s contestants were… Stephen Curry (GSW), Jayson Tatum (BOS), Donovon Mitchell (UTA), Jaylen Brown (BOS), Zach Lavine (CHI), and Mike Conley (UTA).
The first round of the Three Point Contest was a great watch. Stephen Curry put up 31 points, and behind him surprisingly was Mike Conley with 28. Brown finished last in round one with only 17. After round one only three were left standing. Curry, Conley, Tatum.
In the final round of the contest, it came down to the last money ball, Curry of course nails the last shot and wins the whole contest… but really what did we expect.
You can see Stephen Curry’s last round below.
NBA ALL-STAR GAME FIRST HALF
This year’s All-Star game was for Historical Black Colleges. All the donations from the game went to the Historical Black College of either Team Lebron’s or Team Durant’s choosing. In typical All-Star game fashion there was zero defense played. The craziest highlights of the first half came at the end of it. With back to back half court shots by Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry.
You can see the highlight below.
AT&T NBA SLAM DUNK CONTEST
Let’s talk about it… Disappointing is my only words for this, it was terrible. Only three participants this year. Obi Toppin (NYK), Cassius Stanley (IND), and Anfernee Simmons (POR). No really stand out performances here. The Dunk Contest is not what it use to be. Anfernee Simmons ended up winning it this year when he tried to kiss the rim…literally. However he backed away at the last second which made his dunk, subpar at best.
You can watch all the highlights from the NBA Slam Dunk Contest below.
NBA ALL-STAR GAME SECOND HALF
The second half of the NBA All-Star Game was pretty much the same as the first. Crazy plays, nothing to special here. The ending of the game was the best part about it. Damian Lillard called game with another shot from half court!
You can see the bucket that won the game below.
The NBA ALL-STAR game was decent. It is not what it use to be, but we as fans can’t expect the star players wanting to risk any injury by competing in the Slam Dunk Contest. However, the NBA needs to try to make this more entertaining. I almost fell asleep watching the Dunk Contest. That should never be the case. It needs a major overhaul, end of discussion.