The NBA All-Star Weekend is full of all sorts of festivities, and for many people it’s the second night- Saturday- that is the most fun of all. This year’s skills contests certainly didn’t disappoint, with the outcome of the dunk contest being extremely controversial to many in the end. The ‘main event’ saw Derrick Jones, Jr. of the Miami Heat, ended up defeating the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon following not one but two tiebreaker rounds. The controversy comes in with the scoring.
There were a couple of judges that claimed they wanted to setup a tie to potentially force another dunk-off (or to see them split the trophy). But that did not occur, seeing Gordon, who had dunked over the top of 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall, state that he was done with dunk contests for good following another heartbreaker. Earlier in the night in the three-point contest, it was Buddy Hield that came out on top. He didn’t do it by much, in fact it was by the skin of his teeth, but Sacramento Kings guard made his final shot at the buzzer to see off Phoenix Suns’ man Devin Booker. In the opener of the night, Bam Adebayo turned heads by winning the Skills Challenge. The 6-foot-9 big man was able to outlast a slew of guards (and the even bigger Domantas Sabonis) to take the title with him to Miami.