Gordon, Robinson Shine in Disappointing Saturday Night
In what was a successful night for the New York Knicks, it is fair to say that NBA All-Star Saturday Night had fans hoping for just a little bit more flavour.
On the back of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks can now proudly hoist their first title, albeit a Skill Challenge trophy, since Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, and New York’s public enemy number one, Phil Jackson brought an NBA championship to ‘The Big Apple’ in 1973. Porzingis was able to top both DeMarcus Cousins and fellow European Nikola Jokic in order to meet Gordon Hayward in the event’s finals. From there, ‘The Unicorn’ sealed the deal in quick fashion.
Karl-Anthony Towns represented the Bigs in last year’s event and picked up the victory, this year Porzingis added another victory to the big men’s track record.
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In the next event, Houston Rocket’s sixth man, Eric Gordon picked up an ‘overtime’ victory over Kyrie Irving in the finals. Kemba Walker rounded out the three finalists while reigning champion Klay Thompson failed to light it up on this particular night. Meanwhile, Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry had a night he would probably like to forget, just beating out DJ Khaled for more three-pointers on the evening.
“It was great to represent Houston in this event,” Said Gordon following his win. “This is a unique event. Towards the end, you get a little tired. I wasn’t really concentrating on how many I made. It’s all about just focusing on just knocking down the shot. I never count in my head or anything. You just go out there and shoot the ball. That last rack, it was just mostly fatigue”.
Gordon became the first rocket to win the award and he hopes a Sixth Man of the Year trophy will be the next accolade added to his trophy case by the season’s end.
The main of the evening was one of the more disappointing Slam Dunk Contests in the event’s history.
There was a lack of creativity, difficulty, and excitement surrounding Saturday night’s finale with two relatively unknown names duking it out in the finals. After Aaron Gordon butchered the first round and DeAndre Jordan failed to advance, Glenn Robinson III was able to put an end to Derrick Jones Jr.’s cinderella ride to fame with the most dynamic dunk of the night over three human-sized props.
“I really just wanted to get up high and dunk that thing hard, man”, said a beaming Robinson in the aftermath of his victory. “My adrenaline was going. It felt like I was looking at the rim. All I knew was the crowd go crazy. I pointed like this because, man, everybody seemed to sleep on me, didn’t really think I was going to win this thing.”
While Robinson electrified the New Orleans crowd on his final dunk attempt, the overall night fell flat and will go down as one of the more forgettable All-Star Saturday Nights.
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