NEW ORLEANS -- The stars came out for All-Star Saturday Night at Smoothie King Center, but the biggest ones failed to win the skills, three-point or dunk competitions.
John Wall was a first-round exit in the Skills Competition when he failed to get past Gordon Hayward in the skills competition. Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks) made it two years in a row that a big man has won, outdoing All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Isaiah Thomas. Nikola Jokic and Devin Booker also participated.
"It's a good feeling that I'm able to showcase my skill with my size and show to the kids that you're capable of doing that even if you're tall and lanky like me," Porzingis, who stands 7-3, said.
Eric Gordon had to go an extra session to break tie with All-Star Kyrie Irving for the three-point championship. All-Stars Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Nick Young, Wes Matthews, Kyle Lowry, C.J. McCollum
"I'm used to the rims here. I'd been here for five years," said Gordon, who left the New Orleans Pelicans for the Houston Rockets this summer. "I've always been a pretty good shooter."
The slam-dunk contest had a surprise winner in Glenn Robinson III, who beat out favorite Aaron Gordon, DeAndre Jordon and the little-known Derrick Jones. Gordon was the 2016 runner-up in an epic showdown with Zach LaVine.
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Robinson, who plays with the Indiana Pacers, surprised even himself with his leaping ability. He jumped over two people stacked on top of one another to wow the judges for a perfect score.
"It's crazy. Like I said, I couldn't dunk until my sophomore year in high school, and now not even a decade later, I won an NBA dunk contest," Robinson said. "Going into this, I hadn't really practiced any trick dunks. I hadn't really got time. I focused on playing. I focused on starting and playing to the best of my ability. When they gave me this chance, it took me a week to come up with some things that nobody's ever seen in the NBA dunk contest. It was tough."