NBA All-Star Weekend kicked off on Friday night with the Celebrity Game and, but the real fun began with All-Star Saturday Night. The showcase featured three events: the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Dunk Contest.
The first event of the night was the Skills Challenge, and it Jayson Tatum threw in a half-court shot to beat Trae Young. Next, the 3-Point Contest took center stage. Steph Curry put on a show in the first round, but the Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris went , beating Curry by two points in the championship round. Finally, the Slam Dunk Contest wrapped up the evening with Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo beating out Dennis Smith Jr., Miles Bridges and John Collins to be named the NBA's dunk king.as
Below is a list of the winners, followed by the most impressive highlights from the evening.
2019 All-Star Saturday Night winners
- Skills Challenge: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
- 3-Point Contest: Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
- Slam Dunk Contest: Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder
Thrilling finish from Tatum
The first event of NBA All-Star Saturday Night did not disappoint. Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics took down Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks to win the Skills Challenge in thrilling fashion. Falling behind after the layup portion, Tatum launched a half-court shot that banked in off the glass to steal the trophy away from Young.
Curry gets cooking early, falls short late
The greatest shooter in NBA history didn't disappoint in his opening round. Stephen Curry put on an absolute clinic, hitting 10 in a row at one point to finish with 27 points, a high for the first round. Curry actually made 19 straight between both rounds, hitting his first nine shots in the championship round but fell short in the end.
Harris starts with a bang, finishes with a championship
It was his first time in the 3-point contest, but Nets wing Joe Harris didn't show any signs of being nervous. As the first competitor to shoot, Harris set the bar by notching a huge score of 25 in the first round by finishing with eight makes in a row, including all five on the money ball rack. In the end, he put up a number that Stephen Curry could not even beat to take home the title.
Dirk's last ride
In what will likely be his final NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki went out with a strong performance in his last 3-Point Contest. He shook off an embarrassing airball to finish with a respectable score of 17, much to the delight of the Charlotte crowd.
Slam Dunk Contest
Superman is in the building
The most memorable dunk of the night went to winner Hamidou Diallo, who brought Shaquille O'Neal onto the court, unveiled a Superman logo under his jersey, then dunked over the NBA legend while putting his elbow in the rim.
Smith gets the assist from J. Cole
North Carolina rapper J. Cole made an appearance on Saturday night, throwing a perfect lob to Dennis Smith Jr., who got his head rim-level on a nasty dunk.
Bridges pays homage to Grandmama
Hornets rookie Miles Bridges paid tribute to one of the franchise's all-time greats, Larry Johnson, by donning his jersey while throwing down a 360 dunk off of an assist from All-Star Kemba Walker. It was a proud moment for the host Hornets, and Bridges earned a perfect score for the slam.
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Sunday, Feb. 17
How to watch NBA All-Star Game
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Spectrum Center -- Charlotte, North Carolina
- TV: TNT
- Streaming: fuboTV (try it free)
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