NEW ORLEANS – The Eastern Conference threesome of Torontos Terrence Ross, Indianas Paul George and Washingtons John Wall won the NBA All-Star Saturday night slam dunk contest.
Wall capped the triumph by leaping over a Wizards mascot while grabbing the ball from in front of the mascots head, then throwing down a double-pump, reverse, two-handed jam. The dunk eliminated Sacramentos Ben McLemore, the last hope for the Western Conference. Wall was named dunker of the night.
For the first time, the dunk contest was a competition between conferences. Along with McLemore, the West was represented by Portlands Damian Lillard, Golden States Harrison Barnes.
Earlier, San Antonios Marco Belinelli won the 3-point contest; the tandem of Lillard and Utahs Trey Burke won the skills challenge; and Team Bosh, consisting of Miamis Chris Bosh, former NBA star Dominique Wilkins and WNBA player Swin Cash, won the shooting stars event.
In the 3-point shooting contest, Belinelli needed to win a tiebreaker round in the final to beat Bradley Beal.
The Washington All-Star had made his final six shots, including two money balls worth two points each, to tie Belinellis initial final-round score of 19.
Belinelli then scored event-high 24 for the win.
There were four shooters from each conference.
Belinelli had a score of 19 to win the West, beating Lillards 18. Beal had a score of 21 to win the East, easily eclipsing defending champ Kyrie Irvings total of 16.
Lillard won the skills challenge for the second straight year.
Lillard and Burke, representing the West, beat the tandem of Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo of the East in the final round by a tenth of a second.
The skills course consists of dribbling around obstacles, passing to targets, and hitting shots from medium and close range. The winning time was 45.2 seconds.
In the first round, Lillard and Burke beat Phoenixs Goran Dragic and Oklahoma Citys Reggie Jackson.
Carter-Williams and Oladipo downed Milwaukees Giannis Antetokounmpo and Torontos DeMar DeRozan to represent the East in the final round.
Bosh hit a half-court shot to give his team the victory in the shooting stars contest that opened up NBA All-Star Saturday night.
Team Bosh had a final-round time of 31.4 seconds.
Each team had to hit shots from 10 feet from a right-side angle, the top of the key, 3-point range and half court, with the victory going to the team with the best time.
Team Durant, consisting of Kevin Durant, Karl Malone and Skylar Diggins, opened the final round with a time of 43.6.
There were two teams from each conference. Team Durant beat Team Curry – made up of Stephen Curry, Dell Curry and Becky Hammon – in the first round to represent the West. Team Bosh edged Team Hardaway – consisting of Tim Hardaway Jr., Tim Hardaway Sr. and Elena Delle Donne in the first round.
The Mad Ants Tony Mitchell won the D-League slam dunk competition for the second straight year. His final dunk in a sudden-death round with Rashad James of the Reno Bighorns earned a 49, edging the 48 turned in by James.
Both players posted identical scores of 99 on two dunks in the final round before needing an extra round, which consisted of a one dunk. Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Delaware 87ers and Darren White of the Erie BayHawks rounded out the field.
Mad Ants guard Ron Howard had a game-high 11 assists and two points as his Prospects team won the All-Star game, 145-142 over the Futures.