Patrick Pasta

Repeating champions emerged at the NBA All-Star Saturday Night as Mac Mcclung and Damian Lillard safeguarded their respective titles on the Slam Dunk and 3-Point Contest, held at the Lucas Oil Arena, Indianapolis, February 17 (8:00PM ET).

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The AT&T Slam Dunk Contest defending champion posted a perfect 50.0 score in his last dunk to best out Jaylen Brown’s 49.2, serving a flashy performance as he did last season.

Similarly, the Milwaukee Bucks’ point guard retained his title after trashing Hawks’ Trae Young and Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Town in the 3PT competition.

Tyrese Haliburton, despite his hopes to ring up a home court win, was unable to join the final round after his elimination in the tiebreaker.

Meanwhile, NBA’s all-time 3PT leader Stephen Curry won against New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu in their inaugural NBA vs WNBA 3PT shootout.

Boasting a 44.3% hit of her 3s in the last season, Ionescu recently logged a 37 out of the possible 40 in the final round of the WNBA 3PT competition, leading to this challenge against Curry.

Team Pacers, on the other hand, topped the Kia Skills Challenge after Haliburton’s half court shot, 20.5 seconds faster than Team All-Stars 58.8 record in the challenge’s point tiebreaker.

Along Haliburton in the Team Pacers lineup are Bennedict Mathurin and Myles Turner, who posted the fastest time marker in the skills relay challenge.

Team 1st Picks, including Victor Wembanyama (Spurs), Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves), and Paolo Banchero (Magic), was not able to take the upper-hand in any of the challenges despite posing as potential frontrunners of the game.

Team All-Stars demonstrated formidable members, comprising Scottie Barnes (Raptors), Tyrese Maxey (76ers), and Trae Young (Hawks), which was not enough against the Pacers’ domination.

The first game of the 73rd NBA All-Star Game East vs West format will commence on February 18 (8:00PM ET) at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.