Saturday, February 13, 2010

NBA All*Star Weekend Report

H.O.R.S.E. Competition

Kevin Durant reigned once again as champion of the NBA's H-O-R-S-E competition, beating Boston's Rajon Rondo in a shootout to end the hour-long event. With time running out, Durant and Rondo had a shootout, with each miss counting as a letter. Both players made several shots in a row, but Rondo eventually missed to draw an E and end the contest.

Three-Point Contest

Rookie Stephen Curry participated in the Three-Point shootout contest advancing to the second round as the top scorer with 18 points. But unfortunately Paul Pierce led off the final round with 20 points and Curry only managed to rack in 17 points. And although Curry scored more shots, Pierce secured all 5 of his 2-point shots giving him the advantage. I was rooting for Curry, but maybe next year.

SLAM DUNK Competition

Though this year's Slam Dunk Contest wasn't as animated as years past, 2x champ Nate Robinson came up with enough to defeat Toronto Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan in the 2010 slam dunk event, earning enough kudos from the former NBA players-turned-judges in the first round, then getting 51% of the fans' votes. He successfully defended his '09 title and became the first three-time champion, breaking his tie with two-timers Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Harold Miner, and Jason Richardson.

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