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We Just Witnessed The Best NBA All-Star Saturday Ever

We Just Witnessed The Best NBA All-Star Saturday Ever

The NBA All-Star Saturday festivities had just become a required  prelude to Sunday’s big game. But not this time.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (32) reacts with mascots after winning the front court NBA all-star skills competition in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP MANDATORY CREDIT

 

We didn’t only see some of the most competitive contests of All-Time, we saw the best contests ever and from start to finish.

Here’s why:

 

A Big Victory

 

 

For the first time in Skills Challenge history, some of the NBA’s top Big Men participated in the Skills Challenge competition. DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and 2016 NBA draft top pick Karl Anthony Towns led the way in the competition. In the early rounds, Celtics’ All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas became the favorite with his speed and shooting. But in the finals, Towns started the big night by beating Thomas. The Wolves’ Big Man made a three pointer ahead of Thomas to give big men all over the world, not just the NBA, a big moral victory at an era where the three pointer is dominating the NBA.

 

Second No More

 

Okay, so many of us never thought we’d see this moment after the way Steph Curry has been playing so far. The three point contest had one of the best participants ever but all eyes were on Stephen Curry. But heck, it happened. Just as Steph Curry  burned Klay Thompson with 27 points in last year’s finals, Thompson returned the favor on his MVP teammate by dropping 27 on him in Saturday’s final round. Curry entered this year’s final round with an epic first round performance where he needed ( and made ) his last two balls to advance, but Thompson heated up in the final round to take this year’s trophy. Well it’s a good thing that Steph has competition. The bad news however is that his competition is his backcourt partner. That’s not good for the rest of the league.

Emptying The Gas Tank

 

 

The Slam dunk contest had become second to the Three point shootout as the real main event of All-Star Saturday because all the best shooters participate in the shootout while the best dunkers don’t join the dunk contest. In the last decade or so, dunkers had seemingly ran out of new dunks that brought goosebumps to fans, that was until Zach LaVine’s Space Jam session gave it back its old flare. This year, LaVine was supposed to do an easy encore, but a surprising performance from Orlando big man Aaron Gordon gave us the best Slam Dunk finale ever. Jordan vs Dominique was great, but this was above and beyond. Both dunkers needed two extra dunks, some of which they’ve never did before, to decide a winner. In the end, Levine won. But after both kids brought out the best in each other, Gordon deserves a slot in this piece:

 

 

Hope they do it again next year.

If those three didn’t get you excited, you’re no NBA fan. In fact, you’re not even a basketball fan. It was probably one of the best NBA All-Star Saturday ever, if not the best. You didn’t have to be a basketball fan to feel that.

 

 

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