by Agence France-Presse
Glenn Robinson III scored a perfect 50 on his final dunk to capture the NBA All Star Game’s slam dunk title Saturday. The Pacers guard/forward achieved the trick by leaping over three people for a dynamic two-handed reverse jam.
Indiana Pacers forward Robinson jumped over teammate Paul George, the club’s mascot and a Pacer cheerleader to easily win the contest over Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones.
“I wanted to bring some energy to the competition,” Robinson said. “I wanted to do something no one has ever seen.”
In the final round, Robinson faced off against Jones, who advanced from the four original competitors. The Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon were eliminated in the earlier rounds. Jones didn’t record his first dunk in the NBA until Wednesday night’s contest against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, the NBA’s leading three-point shooter this season, defeated Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving in the overtime round of the All-Star Three-Point Contest, scoring 21 points to Irving’s 18 in the extra period.
Gordon nailed several clutch jumpers, including a final shot in the second round to send the contest into overtime.
“It’s all about getting hot,” Gordon said. “All of us know, as shooters, anybody can get hot on any given night. Tonight was my night. As shooters, it’s all about being consistent.”
New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge by defeating Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward in the final. Porzingis won by nailing a three-pointer from the left side of the key on his first attempt.