All-Star Saturday Night Festivities Take Centre State at Staples Centre
After Bogdan Bogdanovic and some of the NBA’s best young talent stole the show on Friday night, it was over to day two of the weekend’s festivities.
The Skills Competition, the Three-Point Shootout, and last but not least, the Slam Dunk Contest.
Each of the three event’s had their highlights as the Taco Bell Skills Challenge kicked things off. For a third straight season, it was bigs versus guards, yes for the first time in the event’s history, the guards came away with the victory. Beating out rookie centre Lauri Markannen was Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, coming out with the big win.
The Three-Point Shootout came down to the championship round, where two of some of the game’s best shooters both caught the hot hand in crunch time. Coming in as a favourite, Klay Thompson ultimately fell, despite netting 25-points in the final round, to Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns who set a new record mark for the competition with a 28-point round.
The Slam Dunk contest closed out the evening.
Although not one of the greatest event’s in recent memory, NBA fans did see some highlight dunks, including a ridiculous tap-off the-board dunk from Larry Nance, a couple of explosive jams from the eventual champion Donovan Mitchell, and an insane between-the-legs dunk from Dennis Smith Jr.
Overall, it was as per usual another fun night, one that set up the final day perfectly as we now await the stars to hit the court for All-Star Sunday Night.