The 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest was jammed into halftime of Sunday’s All-Star Recreation in Atlanta because the league diminished its rapidly deliberate All-Star Weekend to at least one evening.
All the pieces concerning the Slam Dunk Contest, which often caps All-Star Saturday, was completely different in 2021: It had one fewer participant than typical, the variety of dunk makes an attempt was diminished and the judging within the remaining spherical was not primarily based on factors however fairly acclamation.
On prime of that, the sector included three gamers who’re principally strangers to followers: Knicks rookie Obi Toppin, Path Blazers backup guard Anfernee Simons and Pacers two-way player Cassius Stanley.
Listed below are the outcomes and highlights of the 2021 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, together with the 3-point Contest and Abilities Competitors, which have been contested earlier than the game.
Who gained the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2021?
Anfernee Simons gained the dunk competitors, beating Obi Toppin 3-2 in scoring by the judges after the ultimate spherical. Simons’ profitable dunk wasn’t flawless (he tried to kiss the rim however ended up too distant), nevertheless it was judged to be higher than Toppin’s between-the-legs, switching-hands jam from the center of the lane.
NBA Slam Dunk Contest highlights
This was a lightning spherical of kinds: two dunks within the first spherical, one within the remaining. 5 judges, all previous dunk champions, scored the primary spherical however then simply voted on the winner within the remaining.
On the primary set of dunks, Stanley and Toppin went between the legs, and Simons confirmed off his hops by grabbing the ball because it sat on a Nerf hoop above the rectangle on the backboard.
For his second dunk, Simons broke out the Tracy McGrady Raptors throwback and a 360 dunk off the bounce. That earned him a 49 from the judges. Toppin wanted two tries to leap over his dad, Obi, and All-Star teammate Julius Randle however nonetheless received a 46.
Who gained the NBA 3-point Contest in 2021?
Stephen Curry beat Mike Conley on the final shot of the occasion, sinking the 2-point cash ball of the ultimate rack for a 28-27 victory. Jayson Tatum of the Celtics completed third within the six-man competitors. The Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, the Bulls’ Zach LaVine and the Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell didn’t advance to the ultimate.
NBA 3-point Contest highlights
Conley went second within the remaining spherical and put the strain on Curry with a second consecutive 27.
After Curry missed his first 4 photographs of the primary rack, it regarded as if the Jazz guard was headed for an upset of the Warriors marksman. However then Wardell went to work. He completed 9 for his final 11 and 4 for five on the ultimate rack. He wanted to hit his final two photographs for the win. Bang. Bang.
Curry set a report within the first spherical with a 31. Watch a few of these photographs barely contact the online.
He wanted to be at his finest as a result of Conley dropped 27 and Tatum totaled 25 to advance to Spherical 2.
NBA Abilities Competitors outcomes
The Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis steamrolled by the primary occasion, beating the Knicks’ Julius Randle, the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic in head-to-head exams of ballhandling, passing accuracy and taking pictures. Vucevic knocked off the Suns’ Chris Paul within the second spherical to realize a spot within the remaining.
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