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Hield, Jones, Adebayo Big Winners on NBA All-Star Saturday Night

That’s a wrap for All-Star Saturday night.

Another entertaining night is in the books as Chicago witnessed an exciting evening headlined by the Taco Bells Skills Challenge, the Mountain Dew Three-Point Shootout, and the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest. Coming away as the winners were Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat, Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, and Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat.

In addition to the events, Damian Lillard performed during the night along side hip-hop artists Jeremih and Lil’Wayne. The Portland Trailblazers superstar was held out of this year’s three-point shootout and All-Star Game due to a groin strain, but was still able to get on stage to rap for the sold out crowd.

It was a night of nail-biting finishes, clutch shooting, and high-flying dunks, but moreover, an exciting night for NBA fans.

Skills Challenge

The big men came to play on Saturday night.

Beating out the rest of the field, Domantas Sabonis, Pascal Siakam, Khris Middleton, and Bam Adebayo made their way to the second round before Adebayo took home the trophy in the Finals. Breaking the age-old stereotype, the bigs came to play and did not shy away from the favourited guards.

Showing off their ball-handling skills, making their passes, and hitting their shots, the bigs left a message showing that the NBA has changed and that you can now find skill no matter the position.

Three-Point Shootout

Talk about coming down to the wire.

Buddy Hield needed 27 points to take home the title and that was exactly the score he was able to attain in the final round after hitting the very last shot of the competition.

Devin Booker put together an absolute clinic on the night, hitting 27 points in round one and finishing with 26 points in round two to topple Davis Bertans of the Washington Wizards. In came Hield who similar to his first round, started off the slow, but began to heat up late and hit four of his five final shots, on the money-ball rack, to come away with the one point victory.

The matter the outcome, there is something incredibly pure about watching some of the best shooters in the league go about their craft.

Slam Dunk Contest

Dwight Howard brought back the Superman cape and Pat Connaughton nearly ended the Milwaukee Bucks playoffs hopes in an attempt to leap over Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Ultimately, it came down to Derrick Jones Jr. and Aaron Gordon, and once again, despite dunking over the seven-foot-seven Tacko Falls, Gordon came up just short as the Miami Heat guard came away with the contest win. Jones was by no means unimpressive, as the long and lanky guard put together explosive dunk after explosive dunk on his way to victory.

“It feels great,” Jones said following the win. “Just being able to get an achievement like this on a day like this, it’s special for me. This is a day that I’m going to tell my kids, just make sure they know that this is a day for me.”

Next up, the All-Star Game!

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