Diallo, Harris, Tatum Come Away Victorious on All-Star Saturday Night
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As the second night of All-Star Weekend rolled in, the NBA had a lot of action in store, including a star-studded three-point shootout and an intriguing slam dunk contest filled with incredible athletes. But everything began with the Taco Bell Skills Challenge as the NBA maintained its bigs vs. guards format.
An underwhelming start to the night, the pace was slow and unexciting from start to finish.
Thankfully, Trae Young took it upon himself to at least hustle, which allowed him to move past De’Aaron Fox and Luka Doncic. Meeting Young in the finals was his All-Star Friday Night teammate Jayson Tatum Although starting off slower than Young, Tatum would record the win after nailing a half court shot to end Young’s run.
A battle of the game’s best shooters was an interesting one.
After the smoke cleared, the championship round came down to Joe Harris, Buddy Hield and Steph Curry. Not many would have predicted this sort of ending, but Harris of the Brooklyn Nets would sneak out with the trophy, barely beating out his opposition.
Slam Dunk Contest
If you didn’t know who Hamidou Diallo was ahead of the weekend, you better know him now.
Beating out Dennis Smith Jr. in the finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder slammed the most impressive dunk of the night when he cleared Shaquille O’Neal with ease. With effortless hops, Diallo made it look easy and when Smith failed to complete a dunk, the competition was all but over.
In what was nice touch to the Slam Dunk Contest, J. Cole came out to assist Smith on one of the guard’s dunks and would go on to attempt a dunk himself.