2021 NBA All-Star Weekend


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Sean Gordon, Staff Writer

Similar to everything else this past year, the 2021 NBA All-Star Weekend was very different from previous years. All of the usual events were done, but all in one star-studded night, instead of a whole weekend. The only change was the Rising Stars game was not played.

The Skills Competition and the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest were played before the game was played. The Dunk Contest took place during halftime.

The winner of the Skills Competition was the Pacers’ big man and All-Star, Domantas Sabonis. He became the fourth big man to earn a victory in the challenge. Sabonis defeated fellow big man, Nikola Vucevic in the final round to secure the win. Big men have now won four of the last six Skills Competitions (Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, and Bam Adebayo).

2021 MVP candidate, Stephen Curry, won his second Three-Point Contest before starting in the All-Star Game. He becomes the seventh player in history to win the event multiple times. Mike Conley scored 27 points in the final round, giving Curry a hill to climb. Curry, who leads the league in three-pointers made, delivered 28 points, just enough to finish on top.

Portland Trail Blazers guard, Anfernee Simons, was the winner of a rather anti-climactic Slam Dunk Contest. The winning dunk was an attempt to kiss the rim as he dunked the ball with one hand. The judges were impressed by the performance and declared Simons the winner.

The NBA All-Star Game was a complete domination by Team LeBron, with the game ending 170-150. Kevin Durant was not active, along with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, despite being the team captain. This proved to be an obvious disadvantage for Team Durant, which was expected by many. Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the Kobe Bryant MVP, as he scored 35 points on 16-for-16 shooting, an All-Star Game record.