Stars shine as All-Star Saturday Night brings excitement to the Queen City

Stars shine as All-Star Saturday Night brings excitement to the Queen City
NBA players competed in the skills challenge, the 3-point contest and the slam dunk contest.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The stars came out in full force on All-Star Saturday night during NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.

NBA players competed in the skills challenge, the 3-point contest and the slam dunk contest.

Jayson Tatum won the skills challenge, beating out Trae Young after coming from behind and hitting a shot from beyond half court to leave as the champion.

After the skills challenge, it was time for the 3-point contest, but it started with a surprise from Hornets great Dell Curry, who came out on the court with his sons Steph and Seth.

The three talked for a few and then Dell brought out former UNCC Head Coach Mark Price, Hornet legend Glen Rice and NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen to have a throwback 3-point shootout.

Despite coming up short in the 3-point contest, Charlotte native Steph Curry put on a show that had fans at the Spectrum Center hyped up. At one point Steph hit 10 shots in a row.

Hornets star Kemba Walker finished his first round with 15 points.

Ultimately, Joe Harris would walk away as the 3-point champion with 26 points in the final round to beat out Steph who scored 24.

While accepting his award, Harris said he would be giving the trophy to UNCC, acknowledging the school as the University of Charlotte, much to the approval of 49ers fans. He said he was thankful that the school let him practice there.

Although, Steph would lose the 3-point contest, he did enough to win a bet against his brother Seth, who had 16 points in the first round. Steph and Seth made a bet where the loser would be forced to buy all of the family tickets to games for the rest of their career.

With a short break Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Quavo and 2 Chainz had a star-studded Pop-A-Shot competition.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles was paying attention.

It was then time for the Slam Dunk Contest, featuring three players with connections to North Carolina.

Those players were Hornets rookie Miles Bridges. former Wake Forest star John Collins and Fayetteville native, former NC State star Dennis Smith Jr.

None of these players ended up winning as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Hamidou Diallo walked away as Slam Dunk Champion.

The contest gave fans some exciting dunks throughout.

Champion Hamidou Diallo jumped over 7′1″ Shaquille O’Neal and put his arm in the rim like all-time dunking great and UNC alum Vince Carter. What some people considered the dunk of the night got a perfect 50 score.

Mayor Vi Lyles approved.

Dennis Smith Jr got a pass from rapper J. Cole and jumped over him while wearing Cole’s high school jersey. Both Smith and Cole are Fayetteville natives. That dunk received a perfect 50 score.

John Collins jumped over an airplane paying homage to North Carolina as the first in flight. That dunk landed him a score of 42.

Miles Bridges took a Kemba Walker pass off the side of the backboard and slammed it down with a 360 windmill in a Larry Johnson jersey, He got a perfect score of 50 for that dunk.

Tatum, Harris and Diallo walked away as All-Star Saturday Night champions and fans walked away with satisfaction after a jam-packed night.

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