McClung king of the dunk, Lilliard three-point boss and the flop of the skill competition

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published 3 hours ago, Updated now

Matthew “Mac” McClung dominated the dunk contest in Indianapolis on Saturday. STACY REVERE / AFP

As in 2023, MacMcClung dominated the proceedings in the dunk contest in Indianapolis and Lilliard once again stood out with three points. The skill competition will not go down in history.

G-League (developmental championship) player Matthew “Mac” McClung triumphed like last year during the NBA All-Star Weekend dunk contest on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Despite his all-purpose size (1.88 m), McClung once again showed off his phenomenal relaxation to light up a dunk contest without much madness.

McClung innovated with a first dunk by jumping over a player, recovering the ball above his head, deliberately dropping the ball in the air before taking it back to spike it.

To beat Celtics winger Jaylen Brown in the final, McClung (25) performed a superb jump over former standout center Shaquille O’Neal (2.16 m), earning the jury’s maximum score. .

The evening began sluggishly with the very poorly designed skill competition, which pitted three teams of three players against each other over several events, between passes, shots and ball handling.

A very messy moment which saw Victor Wembanyama continue his contrasting weekend, after being quickly eliminated from the young talents tournament on Friday. His team, with Anthony Edwards and Paolo Banchero finished last showing little energy to the task, unlike the winners, the local Indiana Pacers (Tyrese Haliburton, Myles Turner and Bennedict Mathurin ).

Milwaukee Bucks leader Damian Lillard won the three-point shooting contest like last year, beating Karl-Anthony Towns and Trae Young in a close final.

Two other triggers then put on the show with a three-point duel between Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and American Sabrina Ionescu, gunner for the New York Liberty and Team USA.

Ionescu challenged Curry after winning a record-breaking skill contest last year. The meeting was organized for charitable associations.

Ionescu, who shot from the NBA line (further than in the WNBA women’s championship) but with slightly smaller WNBA balls, lost to Curry.

The All-Star Game takes place on Sunday and will conclude the All-Star Weekend festivities.

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