NBA All-Star Weekend: Steph Curry tops Sabrina Ionescu; Mac McClung defends slam dunk title

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By Calvin S. Nelson

NBA All-Star Saturday was all about Stephen Curry vs. Sabrina Ionescu.

Curry, the taking pictures GOAT, topped the WNBA sharpshooter in a 3-point battle of the ages, scoring 29 factors.

Ionescu, 26, did not need to shoot from the ladies’s 3-point line of 20 ft, 6 inches. As a substitute, she leveled the taking part in area and shot from the NBA line of 23 ft, 9 inches, however she did shoot a WNBA ball.

Followers have been allowed to vote on who would shoot first, which resulted in Ionescu beginning. With 5 racks of 5 balls positioned at totally different factors across the 3-point line, she obtained scorching early. 4 of the racks had 4 customary balls value one level and one “cash ball” value two factors. The fifth rack was stuffed with solely “cash balls” positioned to the choice of every competitor.

Ionescu made each shot from the primary rack, ending with 26 factors. That was tied for the very best rating of the night time till Curry took over. He got here in clutch when it actually mattered as he at all times does, thriving underneath stress to make some essential buckets on his final rack.

Within the conventional 3-point contest, defending champion Damian Lillard as soon as once more got here out on high.

Mac McClung defended his slam dunk title, holding off a problem from All-Star Jaylen Brown.

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  • In case you have been questioning: McClung mentioned he’ll take into consideration returning for the dunk contest subsequent yr. “I by no means say by no means.”

  • This is the dunk that received all of it:

  • It is OVER! McClung will get his 50. He is the back-to-back champ.

  • Shaq is again! McClung put him in a Gate Metropolis jersey, had him maintain the ball over his head and slammed it. Good.

  • That is an announcement! Leaped over Donovan Mitchell and dunked with the left hand. Judges say 49.2.

  • Hmm… Brown put a glittery glove on his left hand. Appears to be like like he is addressing social media buzz that he cannot go left.

  • McClung raised the bar for his opener, and it scored a 48.8. He dunked over two individuals, onerous to beat.

  • Dunkin’ ain’t simple

    Are we not impressed by something? Or do we actually want the superstars to do that?

  • Mac McClung vs Jaylen Brown within the closing, and Brown opens up by lacking his first try once more. He bounced again with a what appeared like a standard windmill. It scored a 48.6.

  • The followers have spoken

    Not less than there’s one NBA participant within the dunk closing. And props to Jaylen Brown for being a star who truly determined to do it … despite the fact that the gang didn’t just like the Celtics parquet LED on the ground.

  • Jaylen’s again! With Kai Cenat and Jayson Tatum out as props, he missed his first try. He made the second, taking a lob from Tatum and leaping over a seated Cenat. The gang did not prefer it, and he scored a 47.6. Appears like the gang has some points with the inconsistent judging.

  • Robust judging

    Gary Payton instructed @yahoosports he was not gonna reward dunks that had a number of makes an attempt. Betting he’s the holdout for Mac.

  • McClung is out for that excellent rating. Do not even know tips on how to describe what he simply did however it was spectacular and he scored a 49.4.

  • Toppin’s second dunk was a killer! However he obtained penalized for not making his first try, scoring a 47.2.

  • This was Jaylen Brown’s first dunk, finest rating up to now.

  • Jaquez is up once more. He adopted up with a pleasant 360, scoring a 46.8.

  • Mac McClung’s first dunk won’t have gone easily on the primary try, however it appeared prefer it deserved a 50. He obtained a 48.0.

  • Recreation of props

    These guys at all times look shocked after they’re introduced out as human props. First Shaq, now Obi Toppin.

  • Steph vs. Sabrina a success

    The Steph vs Sabrina contest was the primary time tonight you would really feel the enormity of this place. It’s onerous for one thing to be intimate, communal and greater than life all on the identical time

  • Jacob Toppin adopted go well with, going for a double-pump and leaping over his brother, Obi. Judges gave him a 47.8.

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