Chris Paul served as honorary captain for the Western Conference Saturday All-Stars competition, collecting $350,000.00 for charity as the West defeated the East for overall points 140-125. The East was awarded $150,000.00. Prize money was donated by State Farm.
The events consisted of the skills challenge, 3-point shooting contest, and the Slam Dunk competition. Clippers reserve point guard Eric Bledsoe competed in the Slam Dunk portion, helping his two co-dunkers, Jeremy Evans and Kenneth Faried, come from a sizable deficit in the second round to edge out the Toronto’s Terrence Ross, Indiana Pacers forward Gerald Green, and New York Knicks guard/forward James White. In the individual dunk off, Terrence Ross garnered 58% of the Twitter and text votes to win over Jeremy Evans. Both used props, with Ross leaping over a child and jamming home a between-the-legs windmill slam to bring the crowd to its feet after a relatively uneven series of attempts. White and Green missed all of their 2nd round attempts, for example, enabling the West to cruise to the team victory.
Earlier, Kyrie Irving announced his All-Star arrival in grand fashion by defeating Matt Bonner in the 3-point shooting contest. Irving is not known as a 3-point shooter, but surprised those in attendance with his dead aim and he came within two points of the record with 28. Bonner hit a respectable 25 to finish second.
Finally, the skills competition was dominated by the Eastern Conference triad of Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), and Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks). The Western Conference participants had the lead on the strength of Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets) and Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers), but were undone by Tony Parkers surprisingly poor showing. Parker, who holds the record for lowest time to complete the obstacle course, missed all five of his three point tries and finished with the highest time at 48.7 seconds.