All-Star Saturday Night

Overall on All-Star Saturday Night, it was the Western conference who were victorious; beating their Eastern rivals 140-125 despite Team Bosh’s win over Team Westbrook in the Shooting Stars challenge which had began the night.

Damian Lillard wins the Skills challenge title

Damian Lillard wins the Skills challenge title

 Skills Challenge: Damian Lillard:

Portland’s rookie Damian Lillard was crowned 2013 Skills champion after defeating Jrue  Holiday in the final. The six contestants were split into their respective conferences before the winners from the East and West met in the final. Lillard posted a time of 28.8 seconds in the first round to fend off the challenge of Jeremy Lin and Tony Parker while Holiday’s score of 29.3 helped him into the final over Brandon Knight and Jeff Teague as the Eastern trio won the Team round due to a higher overall score. In the final, Philadelphia’s Holiday set the time to beat with 35.6 but Lillard completed the course error-free in 29.8 to be crowned champion.

Foot Locker 3PT Challenge: Kyrie Irving

Rising star Kyrie Irving took the 3-point crown with an unbelievable shooting display in the final round. The Cleveland Cavalier scored an impressive 23 points to win the contest with Matt Bonner slightly behind on 20. Irivng was the first to go for the East in the Team round and his 18-point total could not be matched by either Paul George (10) or Steve Novak (17) who was left to rue a poor shooting effort from the top of the arc. Bonner was the last to go for the West and his 19 points edged him into the final over Ryan Anderson (18) and Stephen Curry (17) although the Western conference won the Team round 54-45.

Slam Dunk Contest: Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest after receiving 58% of the votes in the final round against the defending champion, Jeremy Evans. The Toronto Raptors guard finished with an incredible 99 points from his two dunks which saw him defeat 2007 champ Gerald Green (82) and James White (77) in the Eastern section.  Evans gave himself a chance of winning victory for the second year running with 90 points good enough to beat Eric Bledsloe and the BBVA Rising Stars MVP Kenneth Faried (both 89) before losing out on the public vote. Check-out the winning dunk in slow-motion below: (NBA)

All-Star Weekend: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

TEAM SHAQ v TEAM CHUCK BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

Kenneth Faried powered Team Chuck to a 163-135 win over Team Shaq on Friday night with 40 points and 10 rebounds, earning him the BBVA Rising Stars MVP award. Kawhi Leonard and Tristan Thompson combined for 40 points for the game victors while Team Shaq were led by Kyrie Irving ‘s 32 point haul. Ricky Rubio weighed in with ten assists and his first found Anthony Davis, who netted a three to help Charles Barkley’s side into an early 13-5 lead.  A trio of triples from Isaiah Thomas, Leonard and Alexey Shved inspired a 13-2 burst to push the advantage out into double-figures. Thomas made three more scores from beyond the arc as the gap powered past 20 points before a late dunk from Bradley Beal made it 90-66 in favour of Team Chuck at the end of a continuous 20 minute half. Irving had eight points when play resumed as Team Shaq attempted to claw back their deficit in the second half. Rubio had four dimes in a row with Leonard benefiting from two with consecutive 3-pointers to take Team Chuck into three figures. Klay Thompson had seven points in quick succession for Shaquille O’Neal’s team but the damage had already been done and Faried finished with his side’s final eight points, all of which were throw-downs in preparation for the Dunk Contest, to take his tally to 40 and seal the win for Barkley for a second year running.

STATS: Team CHUCK- Kenneth Faried 40pts, 10rbs; Tristan Thompson 20pts, 9-10 FG, 10rbs; Kawhi Leonard 20pts; Isaiah Thomas 18pts, 4-6 3PT, 10ast; Nikola Vucevic 15pts; Alexey Shved 12pts; Bradley Beal 12pts; Anthony Davis 11pts, 9rbs; Brandon Knight 10pts; Ricky Rubio 5pts, 10ast – Team SHAQ: Kyrie Irving 32pts, 6ast; Dion Waiters 23pts, 11-12 FG; Damian Lillard 18pts; Chandler Parsons 13pts; Harrison Barnes 12pts; Klay Thompson 11pts; Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 8pts; Kemba Walker 8pts, 8ast; Andrew Nicholson 6pts; Tyler Zeller 4pts