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NBA All-Star Saturday: LaVine wins thrilling dunk contest, Curry takes home 3-point title

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We covered All-Star Saturday live throughout the night. Read mini recaps of the four events, and re-live all the action (including videos of all the dunks you need to see) from our live blog, below.

Zach LaVine wins Slam Dunk contest

Zach LaVine and Victor Oladipo brought the Slam Dunk contest back to life Saturday night, with LaVine winning the title. LaVine wowed with back-to-back perfect-score slams in the first round, showing his ridiculous vertical, while Oladipo lived up to his "Mr. 360" nickname. 

LaVine essentially won the competition in the first round, going through the legs with a reverse on his first dunk, and then around his back with his left before finishing with his right on his second. Here are all four of his dunks in one six-second video, because the Internet is wonderful: 


The cherry on top: 

Stephen Curry wins Three-Point Contest

The Splash Brothers made it rain in the first round of the Three-Point Contest, and in the end it was Stephen Curry who came out on top, taking down Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving in the final. Curry finished with 27 points, hitting 13 in a row en route to the title. 

"Steph Curry with the shot," for real:

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Beverley wins Skills Challenge 

Patrick Beverley wasn't supposed to be in the Skills Challenge, but that didn't matter to him. He came from behind in the semis and final, beating Brandon Knight to win the title in dramatic fashion

Shooting Stars: Team Bosh crowned champs

Team Bosh, comprised of Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Dominique Wilkins (Legend), and Swin Cash (New York Liberty) defeated Team Westbrook, made up of Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Penny Hardaway (Legend), and Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), to capture its third straight Shooting Stars challenge title

Live Blog

11:00 p.m. ET: Zach LaVine is your Slam Dunk champion, finishing with another through the legs slam, this time the pass coming off the stanchion. Let's be honest: he won it in the first round. You can see his dunks below. They were real, and spectacular. Here's his final one:

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10:56 p.m. ET: After a few attempts on his own, Oladipo brings back Payton, who passes it to him off the back of the backboard, with Victor taking the pass and windmilling it down with his right hand. He scores a 41 on the dunk and a 73 in the final round. 

10:54 p.m. ET: LaVine brings Andrew Wiggins in to help him out, takes the ball at eye level from Wiggins, puts it through his legs with his right hand, before finishing with his left. A solid dunk, scoring 45, but LaVine spoiled us in the first round. One more dunk for both coming up. 

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10:51 p.m. ET: Oladipo's first dunk in the final round goes for not. He tried to jump over Payton, grabbing the basketball with his right and finishing with his left, but he couldn't make it happen. He scores a 31. 

10:45 p.m. ET: Everyone, please meet Zach LaVine: 

Zach LaVine is legend!

Check out Jeff Teague's reaction:

LaVine has put Jeff Teague in a permanent state of stinkface.

LaVine and Oladipo in the final. 

10:44 p.m. ET: Zach LaVine! Another pass to himself, this time taking the ball around his back with his left hand before throwing it down with his right hand. It's obscene how long LaVine is in the air. Back-to-back 50s for Lavine - he finishes with 100 in Round 1. 

10:43 p.m. ET: Oladipo gets Elfrid Payton to help him out on his second jam, a 360 dunk after a pass off the side of the backboard. Oladipo, "Mr. 360," will be moving on to the final, scoring 89 in round 1. 

10:39 p.m. ET: Plumlee jumps over his brother Miles on his second dunk, and, well, thanks for coming out, Plumlees. It was appreciated. Mason scores a total 76 for round one. 

10:37 p.m. ET: Antetokounmpo scores a 35 with his second slam, and 65 overall, and, well, it's the Oladipo and LaVine show. 

10:30 p.m. ET: We've got a dunk contest! Zach LaVine, in a Michael Jordan "Space Jam" jersey, throws it up to himself, puts it through his legs with his left hand, and finishes with his right while underneath the rim. Legit. An inbetween the legs reverse jam. LaVine scores 50 as well. 

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10:27 p.m. ET: Oladipo! It can only be described as a 360-reverse slam. This baby may be over. He gets a 10 from all the judges - 50 points. 

Victor Oladipo with the 540

10:25 p.m. ET: Victor Oladipo starts his dunk attempt by singing "New York, New York." That puts him in the lead. 

10:22 p.m. ET: Giannis Antetokounmpo up next, and he missed all three of his attempts, as he tried a bounce-pass to himself, followed by a one-handed throwdown. "A" for effort, I suppose. 

10:20 p.m. ET: Mason Plumlee gets the Dunk Contest started with the help of Kyrie Irving. Baseline jam, reverse. Eights all around from the judges, giving 

10:13 p.m. ET: While we wait for the Slam Dunk contest to begin, let's watch Steph:


10:12 p.m. ET: Curry set a modern record with his performance, as the star-studded 3-point field didn't disappoint:

10:08 p.m. ET: It was destiny, as Curry finished with 27 out of a possible 34 points:

10:04 p.m. ET: Thompson never had a chance. He finishes with 14 points, and Curry is your Three-Point Contest champion

10:01 p.m. ET: Stephen Curry is ridiculous. He hit 13 in a row, the second-most ever made in a row, finishing with 27 points. Absurd. Good luck, Klay Thompson. 

10:00 p.m. ET: Kyrie Irving kicked off the championship round and missed every shot in Rack 3, before hitting 4-of-5 in Rack 4. He finishes with 17 points. That won't be good enough. 

9:54 p.m. ET: Marco Belinelli, the defending champion and forgotten man, eliminated with 18 points. Thompson (24), Curry (23), and Irving (23) moving on to the final. Weep for Wesley Matthews. 

9:52 p.m. ET: Kyle Korver's one and done. He finishes with 18 points, and the league's best 3-point shooter won't be moving on to the second round. 

9:50 p.m. ET: The Splash Brothers made it rain. Klay Thompson followed Curry's 23 with 24 to take the lead! Matthews eliminated with 22 points. Ridiculous. 

9:48 p.m. ET: Steph Curry saved his best for last - the money rack. He finishes with 23 points and a share of the lead with Kyrie Irving. 

9:47 p.m. ET: 

9:42 p.m. ET: Kyrie Irving's the fourth shooter and he takes the lead with 23 points! (A friendly reminder that each shot is worth a point, with money balls worth two, and the final rack is comprised of only money balls.)

9:40 p.m. ET: A disappointing performance by James Harden, who finishes with only 15 points. He missed eight of his last nine shots. I can't believe he didn't get to the free-throw line. 

9:38 p.m. ET: J.J. Redick went second and finished with 17 points. He was penalized for stepping on the 3-point line:

9:36 p.m. ET: Wesley Matthews got things going and after a slow start, he showed why he's in the competition, finishing with 22 points, and 4-of-5 on money balls. 

9:30 p.m. ET: We're still waiting for the Three-Point Contest to begin. I may or may not have gone to Taco Bell and back. And here's why James Harden is in the MVP conversation:

9:14 p.m. ET: Up next, after a performance by Ella Henderson, is the Three-Point Contest, which, considering the field, should be the best thing ever. 

  • Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • Klay Thompson (Warriors)
  • James Harden (Houston Rockets)
  • Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Marco Belinelli (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Wesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • J.J. Redick (Los Angeles Clippers)

9:12 p.m. ET: Controversy in Brooklyn!

9:06 p.m. ET: Beverley has done it! And he wasn't even supposed to be in the competition! He takes down Knight in comeback fashion, after again missing his first two pass attempts. But he would not be denied. Patrick Beverley's the Skills Challenge champion

9:04 p.m. ET: Sorry, Canada, but Knight eliminated Lowry and will face Beverley in the final. I don't know about you, but I want Taco Bell. 

9:03 p.m. ET: Beverley's into the Skills Challenge final after a devastating collapse by Jeff Teague! Beverley missed his first three passes but Teague couldn't hit his three. 

8:57 p.m. ET: The most exciting part of the first round of the Skills Challenge was Anthony Davis:

8:56 p.m. ET: Brandon Knight hit his last three to eliminate Trey Burke, and he's into the second round. Lowry took care of Schroder, and didn't miss a shot - or a pass. He bowed for the crowd after it was said and done, because that's what All-Stars do. It'll be Beverley vs. Teague and Lowry vs. Knight in the second round. 

8:53 p.m. ET: Beverley and Thomas got things started, and they did their best to look nothing like All-Stars. Beverley advances to the second round, because one of them had to. Jeff Teague and Elfrid Payton went up next, and Teague made quick work of Payton, advancing easily. 

8:44 p.m. ET: Up next is the Skills Challenge. It's Patrick Beverley, Trey Burke, Brandon Knight, Kyle Lowry, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Schroder, Jeff Teague, and Isaiah Thomas. Should be a good one. Lowry's the fastest of all players, reaching a max speed of 18.9 MPH on the court. 

8:31 p.m. ET: Team Bosh are back-to-back-to-back champions. Dominique Wilkins hit from half court to complete the challenge in 57 seconds. We're into dynasty territory now. Like A Bosh! 

8:30 p.m. ET: The half-court shot was Team Westbrook's demise. They failed to hit and were timed out after 90 seconds. What an embarrassment. Penny Hardaway has been cut by the Knicks. 

8:24 p.m. ET: It's Team Bosh vs. Team Westbrook in the Shooting Stars final. Bosh is out there draining half-court shots like they're no big deal ... again. 

8:22 p.m. ET: The Shooting Stars challenge is underway, and it's clear Penny Hardaway could make the Knicks' roster:

LEGEND! All Penny needs is one shot! #puremagic #NBAAllStarNYC

8:09 p.m. ET: Commissioner Adam Silver held court with the media at 7 p.m. ET and discussed myriad topics, three in particular: scheduling, playoff, and lottery reform. Check out our detailed recap of his press conference.

8:01 p.m. ET: The results you've been waiting for are in: J.R. Smith was crowned the winner of the NBA's All-Star fashion show. The rest of the weekend will only surely disappoint. 

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