Unlike any other year in the history of the NBA, the scoring system had been updated to showcase an even more heated battle between the players in the Eastern and Western Conference.
In the past, the league’s overall best three-point shooters and dunkers would participate in the festivities but this year, there was a new wrinkle. Rather than the players just competing to be the winner of each event, the athletes who were chosen represented their own conferences. The conference (East and West) that had the most points throughout all the events wins the All-Star Saturday Night contest.
Each conference had a captain. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade represented the East, while Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul assumed the role of “leader” for the West. Each captain was responsible for choosing the players that had participated on each event, which were the Shooting Stars Competition, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk Contest.
Here are the winners of each event from beginning to end. Points were assigned based on winning the Team Round and the Final Round.
Shooting Stars Competition
In the finals, Team Bosh from the Eastern Conference had won the event. Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash of the WNBA Chicago Sky and Miami Heat forward/center Chris Bosh represented the team.
The scoring total after the first event was East – 10 and West – 20. The West had also received points for displaying the best time in the Team Round of the event.
The battle of the great point guards ended with Portland Trail Blazers’ rookie Damian Lillard winning the competition for the West.
The scoring total after the second contest was East – 40 – West – 30. Points were given to the East as well for winning the Team Round.
There were so many great three-point shooters in this competition, but surprisingly Cleveland Cavaliers’ young star Kyrie Irving gets hot and took the crown by beating Spurs’ Matt Bonner in the final round. The East wins the competition.
After three events, the score was the East – 50 and the West – 70.
Slam Dunk Contest
Last, but not least, the final event of the competition was the Slam Dunk Contest. We would be lying if we said that it was a good showing, but at least the final round between last years champion, Utah’s Jeremy Evans and Toronto Raptors’ Terrence Ross was much better.
Ross had a few great dunks, including the “Vince Carter” off the side of the backboard slam that had everyone going crazy. Terrence Ross beats out Jeremy Evans in the final event.
The final score was the East – 125 and the West – 140. Chris Paul and the Western Conference celebrated the victory and enjoyed every minute of it.
The All-Star festivities/weekend will conclude tonight via the NBA All-Star Game. Coverage of the game will be on TNT at 8:30 PM Eastern Time.
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