The NBA All-Star Weekend 2013 results are now official, with the four competitions on Saturday night completed in Houston, TX. Among the events with winners crowned were players who won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout and Sprite Slam Dunk contests.
In the first event of the night, the Shooting Stars competition, a team comprised of WNBA star Swin Cash, NBA legend Dominique Wilkins, and Miami Heat star Chris Bosh took home trophy after hitting an array of shots around the court. They bested a team consisting of Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder, Maya Moore of the WNBA and former NBA star, Robert Horry, according to ESPN.com's report.
According to a report on Feb. 16 from USA Today, it was Damiam Lillard's time of 29.8 seconds in the second round which defeated Jrue Holiday in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. The contest featured six players who each had to dribble, pass and shoot their way around an obstacle course on the court. Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers was the fastest player out on the court for the 2013 edition. Previous winner, Tony Parker of the Spurs, failed to make the final round.
In the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout it came down to the newly-proclaimed "Red Mamba," Matt Bonner of the Spurs, facing superstar guard Kyrie Irving of the Cavs. Kyrie made a statement in that final shootout, missing just a few of his shots out of all the racks, for a score of 23, good enough to take home the championship trophy.
The final event of the night is considered the main event for many, the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. Fans were giving the options to vote via text message, tweets on Twitter or at the NBA.com website. Defending his 2012 championship was Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz who made it to the final round again. He went up against Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors.
In the final round, Evans pulled off an interesting new dunk by slamming it over a covered painting he had done. After making the dunk, Evans revealed the painting of himself dunking over a painting. Terrence Ross followed up with his tribute to former dunk contest winner Vince Carter by wearing a Carter Raptors jersey and replicating a dunk he did years ago. Ross showed off another vintage move, dunking between his legs and over a young ball boy in his next dunk.
After that spectacular display of aerial acrobatics, it was Raptors rookie Terrence Ross who achieved 58% of fan votes from around the world to win the 2013 slam dunk trophy, joining former winners such as Jeremy Evans, and former Toronto Raptors star, Vince Carter.
The 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend events were shown on TNT Saturday night, with the NBA All-Star game coming up on Sunday night. Roanoke viewers can watch it on Cox Cable channel 58.