If you chose this year to skip tuning in to NBA All-Star Saturday, we’re sorry.
Showmanship was on full display last night (Feb. 14) as the Foot Locker Three-Point and Sprite Slam Dunk contests brought the crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to their feet. First up was Stephen Curry, who faced off against Warriors teammate Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving to score his first win in the three-point competition.
But the most electrifying moments of the night came by way of 19-year-old Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, who wowed with agility and athleticism for the slam dunk competition. Besting out the Magic’s Victor Oladipo, LaVine enlisted Michael Jordan Space Jam theme in his opening dunk, which set the stage for the young star to garner multiple 50-point dunks. This feat had not been accomplished since 2009 by Dwight Howard. Redeeming itself from last year’s lackluster team format, NBA viewers likened last night’s Slam Dunk Contest to the glory days of Vince Carter’s reign.
“I’m still on cloud nine. I feel like I’m dreaming,” LaVine said. “Seeing all the dunk contests and people hoisting the trophy, I just saw myself do it and lived it, so it’s a dream come true. I’m glad my family is here to witness it and go through it.”
Watch Stephen Curry and Zach LaVine dominate NBA All-Star Saturday in the videos above and below.