Hamidou Diallo Caps Off Electric All-Star Saturday

Tatum was slightly behind Young going into the 3-pointer, the final shot of the event, and decided he needed to try the long shot to get one in before Young could shoot for the title.

LaVine won the dunk contest in 2015 and 2016, including that legendary showdown between him and the athletic Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon a few years back.

"I just came out and gave the crowd what they were looking for". Sacramento's Buddy Hield was third with 19 final-round points.

Dell Curry brought out a slew of former All-Stars out to raise money for Charlotte schools, and those competing in the annual Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night did their best to follow suit.

"Trae was already ahead of me", Tatum said.

He brought the crowd at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to its feet and the judges responded by giving him a ideal 50 score.

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. "I know how to play things down a little bit", Diallo said when asked if he was nervous about the contest, according to the Thunder's official Twitter account. "I just tried to have fun". Diallo got rapper Quavo out of the crowd, put the ball in his hands, then grabbed it as he went airborne for the slam that sealed the title. The first player to make the top-of-the-key three-pointer wins.

Tatum knocked off Mike Conley and Nikola Jokic en route to the title. "Threw one up, and it went in". Young sprinted ahead of Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic and banged in a victor off the glass before Doncic's first attempt clanged off the rim.


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