CLEVELAND (WJW)– NBA All-Star 2022 continued in Cleveland with one of basketball’s most exiting nights.
All-Star Saturday Night featured the skills challenge, the 3-point contest and the slam duck contest. It started at 8 p.m. from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
The first round of the skills challenge is shooting. The Rooks put up 32 points, while the Antetokounmpos struggled and got 20. Then Evan Mobley and Darius Garland clearly felt at home with 18 and 21, respectively. The Cavs won the shooting part to get 100 challenge points.
The Antetokounmpos won the passing round to get 100 challenge points.
The Rooks had the cleanest run in the team relay for 200 challenge points.
That meant the Rooks advanced to the finals, while the Cavs and brothers had to face in a tie breaker. Garland vs. Giannis, shot for shot. And the first-time All-Star made it look easy.
The final round, the half-court shot, was between the Rooks and the Cavs. The Rooks Cade Cunningham hit the shot in 9.9 seconds. But Mobley beat that in 5.5 seconds.
In the 3-point contest, Ohio native Luke Kennard led early with 28 points. GlenOak High School in Canton grad CJ McCollum put up 19.
The top three were Luke Kennard, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trae Young. The big man Towns could not be stopped and won the trophy, which was presented by 3-point legend Ray Allen.
In the dunk contest, Cole Anthony had his dad hand him a pair of Timberlands, which can’t be easy to jump in. Juan Toscano-Anderson hopped over Andrew Wiggins for the windmill and Obi Toppin wowed the crowd by going behind his back. Jalen Green started by playing his own highlights on a phone on his necklace. He struggled to make things happened, but kept himself in the competition.
Green made a comeback with his second dunk while Anthony didn’t make a basket with his second turn. Topping went off the backboard, under the leg and into the hoop to take him to the finals with Toscano-Anderson.
Toscano-Anderson had a 39 and 30 for a total of 69. But Toppin put an exclamation point on the evening by putting the ball between his legs and against the backboard for the win.
It’s a new format this year. The three teams of three will participate in a four-round competition, which tests shooting, passing and dribbling. The two teams with the most points after three rounds will move to the final to determine a winner.
- Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
- Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons
- Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Jarrett Allen
- Darius Garland
- Evan Mobley
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
- Alex Antetokounmpo, Raptors905
- Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
It’s two rounds of timed shooting. Each competitor will have 70 seconds to shoot as many of the 27 balls as he can with a max score of 40. The three players with the highest scores will go to the final round. This year, it features a zone for special deep shots worth extra points.
- CJ McCollum, New Orleans Pelicans
- Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
- Zack LaVine, Chicago Bulls
- Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies
- Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
- Luke Kennard, LA Clippers
- Patty Mills, Brooklyn Nets
Each player gets two dunks in the first round. The two with the highest combined scores move on to the last round for a chance to be crowed the champion.
- Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
- Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors
- Obi Toppin, New York Knicks
- Jalen Green, Houston Rockets
It’s all leading up to the 71st NBA All-Star Game Sunday at 8 p.m.