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Long shot Bam Adebayo wins All-Star skills challenge

[ad_1] 8:56 PM ETEric WoodyardESPN CHICAGO -- Indiana's Domantas Sabonis and Miami's Bam Adebayo will make their NBA All-Star debuts on Sunday, but on Saturday night, the first-timers didn't disappoint as finalists in the skills challenge.The Eastern Conference big men stole the show in the eight-man contest, with Adebayo ultimately hoisting the trophy -- which he says he'll gift to his mother, Marilyn Blount."It's because all she's been through and
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Derrick Jones Jr. edges Aaron Gordon in controversial dunk contest

[ad_1] CHICAGO -- Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. outlasted Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable slam dunk contest on Saturday that required two tiebreaker jams.But the final result was not without controversy, with at least two judges contending afterward that they wanted the second dunk-off to end in a tie and Gordon saying he's done participating in the contest during NBA All-Star Weekend."We thought it was going
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Aaron Gordon somehow does not win dunk contest

[ad_1] 11:37 PM ETLawrence MurrayESPN.com The 2020 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest at the United Center in Chicago already had the potential to be memorable Saturday night.2008 winner Dwight Howard was returning! Pat Connaughton was participating for the first time! Derrick Jones Jr. was back after coming in second back in 2017! And Aaron Gordon was ready after narrowly missing out on the crown in 2016!Howard and Connaughton earned one
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NBA All-Star 2020 – Grading every player in the skills, 3-point and dunk contests

[ad_1] All-Star Saturday featured three competitions that came down to the wire. Bam Adebayo set the tone with a close win over Domantas Sabonis in the Skills Challenge. Buddy Hield used his final attempt to knock off 2018 champion Devin Booker in the 3-point Contest. And Derrick Jones Jr. needed a dunk-off to beat Aaron Gordon in the Dunk Contest.We graded every event and every player to take the court
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Derrick Jones Jr. bests Aaron Gordon to win Slam Dunk Contest

[ad_1] Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams.Jones and Gordon each got a perfect 50 on both of their dunks in the final. Then they got two more perfect scores on their first jam in the dunk-off. Jones then took off from just inside the
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Buddy Hield edges Devin Booker on final shot to win 3-point shootout

[ad_1] 10:21 PM ETTim BontempsESPN CHICAGO -- Between them, Buddy Hield and Devin Booker took 108 3-point shots Saturday night.It took until the 108th and final one to determine who would come out on top in the NBA's 3-point shootout -- with Hield, thanks to hitting four of the five money balls on his final rack, finally coming out on top and winning by a single point."I felt great," Hield
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Adam Silver expects ‘return to normalcy’ soon for NBA in China

[ad_1] CHICAGO -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver estimated the league will lose hundreds of millions in revenue from the ongoing disconnect with the Chinese government and couldn't commit to staging preseason games there next October, but he said he expects the league's relationship with China to have "a return to normalcy fairly soon."With Chinese companies pausing or canceling sponsorship deals, the league recently lowered its salary-cap projections for next season.
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NBA All-Star Game MVP award named in honor of Kobe Bryant

[ad_1] Commissioner Adam Silver announced today that the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award has been permanently named for the late Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards.The first All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award will be presented after the game at the United Center in Chicago, where the league is celebrating the lives of Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people who
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Sixers’ Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons say their on-court success will come

[ad_1] 2:37 PM ETTim BontempsESPN CHICAGO -- Joel Embiid has heard all of the chatter about the awkward fit between he and fellow Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons on the court, and whether the two of them are capable of winning at the highest levels playing together -- noises that have only grown louder as the Sixers entered the All-Star Break in fifth place in the NBA's Eastern Conference.He has
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Aaron Gordon and his new sneaker are ready for the NBA dunk contest

[ad_1] 10:00 AM ETNick DePaulaESPN CHICAGO -- Surrounded by friends and family, Aaron Gordon strolled into the United Center late Thursday night with a purpose. The Orlando Magic forward, one of the showcase attractions of All-Star Saturday night, was looking to avenge past failures.While league officials worked on ideal camera placements for the upcoming show, Gordon got to work. He placed a blue portable boom box at half-court to blare