That’s how you entertain a crowd! Zach LaVine won the slam dunk contest, the centerpiece of All-Star Saturday Night, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Feb. 13. Click here to see who was also crowned king of the three-pointer and won the skills challenge at the exhibition event.
That was sick! Zach LaVine, 20, showed why he’s the slam dunk master at the All-Star Saturday Night Event on Feb. 13 at the Air Canada Theatre. But he wasn’t the only winner, with Karl-Anthony Towns, 20, defeating his rivals in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Klay Thompson, 26, living up to his reputation in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
Like last year’s dunk contest, there were two rounds, in which each player had three attempts to complete their dunk. A panel of five judges, that included Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal scored the dunks from a scale of 6-10, with each competitor getting a final score out of 50.
Zach got some serious air in this first attempt, earning 50 points from the judges for his off the bounce, behind the back and under dunk. His nearest rival Aaron Gordon was a full 5 points behind him at that point. But Aaron gave Zach some serious competition by leaping over his mascot with his second attempt, moving the ball under his legs and back over while airborn and slamming it in the net scoring 49. Zach matched Aaron’s 49 with a perfect alley-oop, drawing gasps from the crowd.
It went to a playoff between the two, where Aaron took the ball off the mascot’s head –who was spinning on a hoverboard — and slammed it home. Yet again, Zach scored a 50 to force it into another playoff round. Not to be outdone, Aaron then followed that with another 50. Defiant Zach yet again did his best Michael Jordan impression and equalled the 50. These two just couldn’t stop scoring 50s and they did it again in another round! We then went to a final round, where Aaron failed to impress judges scoring 47. Zach finally defeated Aaron with another airborne effort scoring…another 50!
Earlier, Klay won the Foot Locker Three-point Contest after defeating teammate Stephen Curry in a thrilling competition. It was a close first round with Klay edging out his Golden State Warriors teammate by just one point. But he took that form into the championship round scoring a massive 27 points, which no one could get near.
In the opening event, Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, who won the MVP in the rookie game on Feb. 12, beat Boston Celtics rival Isaiah Thomas to win the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. It was a real test of speed, agility and shooting prowess, which Karl-Anthony showed he has in abundance. The boy has a hell of a future in the game!
As always, it was an entertaining night where the world’s best basketball stars got to strut their stuff in front of their Canadian fans. It’s also the perfect tonic before the annual All-Star Game that draws a huge celeb crowd.
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