All Star Recap

All-Star Weekend had to be altered this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, the arena, like other sporting events, was limited to the number of fans allowed inside.

One of the biggest changes this year was compacting all of the events into one day rather than two. Prior to the start of the game, competitors for the Skills Challenge and the Three-Point Contest fought for who was going to take home the hardware.

In the Skills Challenge, Domantas Sabonis, from the Indiana Pacers, beat Nikola Vucevic, of the Orlando Magic, in the final after finishing in second place last year in Chicago. The Three-Point Contest, with two competitors from the Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, came down to the last shot. Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, won the contest by passing Mike Conley’s score by one point on his final shot.

The All-Star game followed the same format as last year by having a winner after each quarter. The winner of the quarter donated $150,000 to a designated charity. Team Lebron won all three of the quarters, donating $450,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Another difference from previous years was the dunk contest. Including the lower number of competitors, it took place during halftime of the All-Star game. The three participants went head-to-head with Anfernee Simons from the Portland Trailblazers, becoming the first Trailblazer to ever win the contest in NBA history.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, went a perfect 16 for 16 from the field and had 35 points, earning himself the Kobe Bryant MVP of the game award.


From The Athletic – Chris Kirschner