Thunder's Diallo captures Slam Dunk crown, beats Smith Jr. in finals

Feb 19, 2019, 00:40
Thunder's Diallo captures Slam Dunk crown, beats Smith Jr. in finals

And after a first attempt that didn't go, the second dunk was certainly something special.

The night started with the skills challenge, and Tatum edged Atlanta rookie Trae Young in the final by making a shot from just past the midcourt stripe.

"The previous two rounds, the guy was ahead of me", Tatum said. The 7-foot-1 O'Neal stood in Diallo's path to the basket, causing Diallo to leap spread-eagle over O'Neal for the dunk.

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Players didn't practice the course, and Tatum said the chest pass was the hardest part.

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo literally took NBA All-Star Saturday Night to new heights when he leapt over the giant frame of Shaquille O'Neal on his way to victory in the Slam Dunk contest.

Diallo and Smith advanced on those dunks over Bridges and Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (a former Wake Forest star).

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In the final, Diallo had to sweat a little more, but not because of anything he did wrong.

From there, Smith Jr. received a score of 50.

"It was great", Diallo said of winning the competition, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. Diallo then jumped over Quavo, grabbed the ball and threw it down. And in a weekend where the Curry family - Dell Curry is a former Charlotte star, Steph is a three-time National Basketball Association champion, Seth is in the league and mother Sonya beat them all by making an underhand half-court shot Friday - was celebrated, the trophy finish didn't happen. "I just came out and gave the crowd what they were looking for".

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The Warriors' star made his first nine shots of the final round, then missed three of five shots from the top of the key. Young beat Doncic in the semi-finals.

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